Cystic Fibrosis Walk raises funds to help fight chronic disease

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COLONIE, N.Y. – The annual Cystic Fibrosis Walk was held at the Crossings of Colonie Saturday to help raise funds to fight the disease that affects thousands worldwide.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States — 70,000 worldwide. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that can clog the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstruction of the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis can include frequent lung infections, poor growth or weight gain in spite of a good appetite, and wheezing or shortness of breath.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, around 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year. The predicted median age of survival for a person with the disease is in the late 30s.

Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure.

In 2012, the CF walk raised $76,000, and organizers hope to beat that this year.

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