Large crowd walks to find cure for cystic fibrosis

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) – Food, games and a little exercise brought out the largest crowd ever to the Northeast Arkansas Great Strides Walk this weekend.

Exactly 125 people walked to find a cure for cystic fibrosis on Saturday. The walk took place near the Paragould Community Center, where participants stepped off at 10 a.m.

The teams managed to collect $10,609, which Hannah Herriman with the Arkansas chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation says will be put to good use.

"Almost 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to drug development, research and care for our patients," Herriman said. "Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease. It affects really the entire body but mostly the respiratory and digestive systems and so we are here to find a cure."

Herriman says cystic fibrosis affects about 30,000 people nationwide.

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