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Annual Great Strides walk to cure Cystic Fibrosis walk

Community Author: Rebecca Murray
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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

BAR HARBOR — The annual Great Strides Walk to Cure Cystic Fibrosis will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, in Bar Harbor. Check in at 8:30am at the Conners Emerson School. A new feature will be a shorter walk with a course of 3 miles coinciding with the original 5 mile walk.  Both walks will be marked and will start together.
Join us  to help raise funds and awareness for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Although Cystic Fibrosis is a rare disease three local families are affected by it and are working with the CFF to make CF stand for Cure Found.
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 CF spend many hours a day inhaling medications to clear their lungs along with vest or chest physiotherapy.
Katie Leighton, 28 years old, is the daughter of Phyllis and Woody Leighton.  She is a graduate of MDI High School and University of Maine.  She works at the Tremont School, with special needs children while pursuing her master degree.
Maggie Murray, 15 years old is the daughter of Rebecca and Steve Murray.  She is in 10th grade at MDI High School.
Aria Smith , 7 years old, is the daughter and Avery 2 years old is the  son of Billie Jo and Jourdan Smith.  Aria is in first grade and Avery loves playing with cars and legos.
For more information about the CF walk and to get a sponsor form you can contact Phyllis Leighton at phleighton@roadrunner.com or call 601-0181 or Rebecca Murray at rebeccamurrayinbh@gmail.com or call 801-8457.  For more information about The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation visit their website at www.cff.org