Great Strides walk to cure cystic fibrosis

Great Strides walk to cure cystic fibrosis Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center (SVVMC) is pleased to sponsor the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, to be held on Wednesday, May 14 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.

All participants in the recent Really Great Strides exercise program and all SVVMC employees have been invited to take part in the Great Strides Walk for CF.

Whether you participate by walking or sponsoring friends and relatives, your support is invaluable to the children and adults who face cystic fibrosis (CF) every day. CF is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States.

CF causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky mucus which clogs the lungs, leading to life-threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas inhibiting proper digestion of food.

Progress in CF research has accelerated over the past few years, most evidently in the pioneering field of gene therapy technology. When Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-supported researchers identified the CF gene in 1989, they had in essence the tool to cure the ravaging disease. Currently, more than 150 individuals have undergone experimental gene therapy technology, which offers the best hope for life-saving treatments.

Local support can make CF "history" by raising the much-needed dollars to keep the foundation on the forefront of medical science.

"Research is our best defense in our ongoing battle to cure CF and ensure a brighter future for those who face this disease every day," said Lori Salonen, respiratory therapist at Sioux Valley Vermillion Medical Center.

People may get involved in the Great Strides Walk for CF by sponsoring a friend or relative who may be walking in this event. Please call Salonen at 638-8265 for more details.

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