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Thousands come together for Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser

May 20, 2018 06:34 PM

Advocates for Cystic Fibrosis research say they're making "great strides" as the fight against the disease continues.

Thousands of supporters hit the pavement Sunday for the "Great Strides" walk fundraiser.

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Cystic Fibrosis is a devastating genetic lung disease that routinely kills its victims before they get out of their teens.

But research and treatment have progressed and in the past year the average age for a patient passed 18-years-old.    

Cystic Fibrosis patient, Allison Burke told News10NBC, "I'm 31. When i was born at the life expectancy was five. So being 31 and being here and being able to walk around and do things is incredible." 

This year is the 30th anniversary of the great strides fundraiser.

This year the Cystic Fibrosis foundation aimed to raise $41 million to develop new treatments and ultimately a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

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