Shelbyville Daily Union

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August 27, 2013

2nd Annual Shelby County cystic fibrosis event planned for Sept. 28


Lexie Taylor

Lexie Taylor, Findlay native, saw big changes in this year, too. She graduated from Okaw Valley High School last May. She plans to start college once she moves to join her boyfriend who relocated to Duluth, Minnesota. She was recently hospitalized on August 15 with a serious lung infection related to her Cystic Fibrosis.

Taylor commented, “I hope to leave the hospital soon.

I fight CF every day, and this is only the second time I have been hospitalized in the last two years. Oddly, the last time I was admitted to the hospital it was also on the 15th of August. On the bright side, my boyfriend and I just celebrated four years of being together. I just want to be healthy. There is so much of life to enjoy.”

For these four individuals, living with Cystic Fibrosis is a continual battle for their health and well being. However, each of them has the same philosophy, “I have Cystic Fibrosis. It does not have me.” Each of them also needs a cure.

This year’s sponsors are proud to announce the second annual Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis event. The event was enlarged this year to include not only the Great Strides walk, but also Meliah’s 5K Run and the Bike-a-Thon.

The events’ sponsors include Shelby Memorial Hospital, Shelby Memorial Hospital Foundation, First Federal Savings and Loan of Central Illinois, Villas of Hollybrook, the Shelby Historic House and Inn, and Killam & England Insurance Agency, Inc.

On Saturday, September 28, please join us as we work together to fund a cure for our friends and neighbors with CF. These events will take place at Forest Park.

Registration for Meliah’s 5K Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. with the run starting at 8:00. Registration for the Great Strides walk and the Bike-a-Thon will begin at 8:30 a.m. with those events starting at 9:30.

You may choose to run, to bike, to walk or just cheer on others as they participate or you may wish to volunteer. To volunteer, please call SMH at 217-774-3961 and ask for Jill Wells; to preregister for the Bike-a-Thon, Meliah’s 5K Run or the Great Strides walk, ask for Phil Miller or Carol Heiserman. You may also preregister online at or

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