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September 10, 2013

Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser goes retro with bike-a-thon

A mistake was made in the first article. Makenzie Erwin should have been quoted as saying, “Chris, my husband, was tested for CF. He is not a carrier which means that though this is a genetic disease, my children will not have it.” Only when both parents are carriers can a child be born with Cystic Fibrosis.

This story is the third of five stories about the upcoming Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis Event.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of more 30,000 children and adults in the U.S. A defective gene and its protein cause the body to produce thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The mucus also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. Currently, the disease is incurable.

Shelby County first saw the beginnings of Cystic Fibrosis fundraising in 1982 when Lana and Bob Pancoast, parents of Abbie Pancoast Vollmar, organized an annual bike-a-thon. Year after year dozens of children and parents would ride laps for pledges to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year’s Shelby County Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser will see a revival of the Cystic Fibrosis Bike-a-Thon.

The Bike-a-Thon will be held on Saturday morning, September 28th at Forest Park. The Cystic Fibrosis Bike-a-Thon is free with pledges and donations. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the pool area of Forest Park in Shelbyville.

The ride will be from 9:30-11:00 a.m. T-shirts will be given to all participants. The path of the ride will take the bicyclists around the park.

There will be two categories of riders, those who are younger than 18 years of age and the second category will be anyone 18 or older. Each rider will receive a number and for each five laps or ten dollars raised his number will go into a drawing for a prize.

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