Walk to help find cure for cystic fibrosis

BAR HARBOR — The 25th Annual Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis is set for Saturday, Sept. 26. Check in at 8:30 a.m. at the Conners Emerson School. The walk begins at 9 a.m. A new feature will be a shorter walk with a course of three miles coinciding with the original 5-mile walk. Both walks will be marked and will start together.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease which primarily affects the lungs and digestive system, causing chronic bacterial lung infection and digestive malabsorption. Children and adults with the disease spend many hours a day inhaling medications to clear their lungs, along with vest or chest physiotherapy.

Although cystic fibrosis is a rare disease, three local girls and their families are working to make CF stand for “cure found.”

Katie Leighton, 26, is the daughter of Phyllis and Woody Leighton. She is a graduate of Mount Desert Island High School and the University of Maine. She currently works at the Tremont School and is also head cheerleading coach at MDI High School.

Maggie Murray, 12, is the daughter of Rebecca and Steve Murray. She is in the 7th grade.

Aria Smith, 4, is the daughter of Billie Jo and Jourdan Smith.

For more about the CF walk and to get a sponsor form, contact Phyllis Leighton at [email protected] or at 288-5430 or contact Rebecca Murray at [email protected] or at 288-4899. Visit www.cff.org.


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