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September 24, 2013

SMH invites community to 2nd annual CF fundraiser

This is the last article in a series of five articles about the Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis Fund Raiser.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. When mucus clogs the lungs, it can make breathing very difficult. The thick mucus also causes bacteria (or germs) to get stuck in the airways, which causes inflammation and infections that lead to lung damage.

Mucus also can block the digestive tract and pancreas. The mucus stops digestive enzymes from getting to the intestines. The body needs these enzymes to break down food, which provides important nutrients to help people grow and stay healthy. People with cystic fibrosis often need to replace these enzymes with medicine they take with their meals and snacks, which helps them digest food and get proper nutrition.

Please join us this Saturday, September 28, for the second annual Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis Event at Forest Park in Shelbyville from 7:30 - 11:00 a.m. You may wish to run, walk or ride your bike as a participant; or perhaps you are more comfortable being a part of the crowd cheering on others.

You may also decide to volunteer, but please come show your support for Joel Brachbill, Lexie Taylor, Makenzie Fleshner Erwin, Abbie Pancoast Vollmar and 30,000 other Americans like them with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). They still have unfulfilled dreams, and a cure is one of those dreams.

Registration for Meliah’s 5K Run begins at 7:30 a.m. with the run commencing at 8:00. The second annual Great Strides walk registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk beginning at 9:30. The third component, the Bike-a-Thon for Cystic Fibrosis will start registration at 8:30 and the bike ride at 9:30.

Anyone who volunteers or preregisters for any of these events will receive a t-shirt. Additional prizes will be awarded based on the funds raised.

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