GREAT STRIDES Walk slated for May 13

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SALYERSVILLE - The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will hold its fifth annual Salyersville GREAT STRIDES walk on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at Ramey Memorial Park. 

Local groups of families and friends will form walk teams to participate in this national event. At this time, there are three teams: Team Tracy, Team Alyssa and Team Abby. 

Team Tracy supports Tracy Watson, a teacher from Magoffin who underwent lung transplant surgery in 2014 to combat cystic fibrosis. This school year she was able to go back to work after being out for 4 years and, thankfully, has not been sick any so far.

“My new lungs are doing great and allowing me to live life!” Watson said. “It has been 2 1/2 years since my transplant and I am still passionate about helping to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.”

Team Alyssa supports fifth-grader Alyssa Endicott, a cystic fibrosis patient. Team Abby supports Paintsville Elementary first grade student Abby Cole, also a cystic fibrosis patient. Abby is the daughter of the late James “Biggen” Cole, of Magoffin County. 

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. CF causes the body to produce abnormally thick mucus that impairs digestion and leads to life-threatening lung infections. Despite all the research breakthroughs, there is no cure for CF.

Since May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, people will wear purple ribbons in support of those struggling with the disease. 

The Salyersville GREAT STRIDES walk will be held at the Ramey Memorial Park on Saturday, May 13, beginning at 11 a.m. In the past 4 years, the local group has raised over $40,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

For more information about the upcoming GREAT STRIDES event, or to donate, go to www.greatstrides.cff.org. Registration is available online.

For questions about the local May 13 event, the public can contact the walk chairperson, Tracy Watson, at 349-7385.