Interested in doing volunteer work for a wonderful cause that helps children while at the same time enjoying a walk in one of Philadelphia’s most popular attractions? Join us at Philadelphia Great Strides at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, April 27, 2013 and play an integral role in the fight to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Sign up to volunteer on walk day, register a walk team to take strides and raise funds, or volunteer your time leading up to the walk and help in the office with walk preparation. To learn more or register a team today, please go to www.cff.org/great_strides or call the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (610) 325-6001.
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common genetic disease in the Unites States affecting about 30,000 children and adults (70,000 worldwide). It is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and obstructs the pancreas which can lead to life-threatening lung infections and problems digesting food. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. Their focus is to support the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a difference. Sign up to volunteer or get involved today, please go to www.cff.org/great_strides or call the Delaware Valley Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at (610) 325-6001.
Robin C. Paterson
Senior Development Director
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation – Delaware Valley Chapter