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September 9

I Stride Until It's Done - Great Strides and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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four people walking hand in hand with "I stride until it's done" on their shirts

Many individuals among us are often battling underlying diseases or disorders that may not be apparent to most of society. One example of such a disease is Cystic Fibrosis. This rare and debilitating disease often remains unseen unless it is directly impacting the life of a friend, colleague, or family member. Rare diseases such as this rely a great deal on the hard work and dedication of organizers of events such as Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise much-needed funds for research and a cure.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

CF is a genetic disorder resulting from the mutation of certain genes that over time causes damage primarily to the lungs and other organs such as the digestive system. There are different forms of the disease and impacts on those diagnosed with the disorder can range from mild to severe often resulting in a shorter life expectancy.  

A Hidden Illness with Lifelong Impacts

Cystic Fibrosis is often described as a hidden illness because the person affected may not appear to the naked eye to be suffering from an illness. In fact, they are often quite sick and most patients must endure a number of treatments and medication regimens to sustain and prolong their lives for as long as possible. The genetic mutation that causes CF results in the buildup of mucus within several organs in the body primarily the lungs, this makes it more and more difficult for those suffering to breathe and reduces their lung functions over time and makes them more susceptible to infections and complications from common illnesses such as the flu, and even a common cold.

The Mission of Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

It is the mission of the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to not only raise funds for cutting edge research and treatments but to also raise awareness of this rare and life-altering disease across communities in the U.S. The reality is that because CF is such a rare disorder funding for research, treatments, and the search for a cure is often limited and depends heavily on organizations such as the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to support research efforts and those fighting the disease each day.

Great Strides is a national walking event created by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to bring communities together with the common vision of raising funds and awareness of Cystic Fibrosis with the ultimate goal to find a cure. With the nation and the world's events on hold due to the unique circumstances surrounding Covid-19, this organization like so many others has had to cancel or postpone fundraising events for the foreseeable future. It is more important than ever to support this charitable organization through virtual Great Strides events and donations to allow them to continue to support individuals and families affected by this disease.

Changing the Lives of Those with CF  

Not too long ago a diagnosis of Cystic Fibrosis was considered terminal and children diagnosed with CF rarely made it into adulthood. However, with new discoveries in treatment options and medications individuals diagnosed with CF will now often live well into their 30s & 40s with some well beyond. With each generation, there is a gain in life expectancy thanks to the dedication of organizations such as CFF and their continued efforts to advance treatments and search for a cure.

Buckeye Broadband Helps Great Strides CFF Make an Impact

Our team at Buckeye Broadband proudly supports the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and their continued efforts to improve the lives of those struggling with CF on a daily basis. We have partnered with Great Strides to help with their Virtual Walk in order to raise funds for their organization. We encourage you to make a donation or participate in a Great Strides virtual event near you to help support the great mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to improve the life and health of those battling Cystic Fibrosis.  

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