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Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan proclaims May Cystic Fibrosis Month

May 17, 2018 | Email This Post Print This Post
 

Community joins in to continue research, awareness

City of Clarksville - Clarksville, TNClarksville, TN – Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan has proclaimed May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in Clarksville and urges all citizens to learn more about and support those affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes debilitating lung infection, progressive lung destruction and premature death. An estimated 30,000 Americans have Cystic Fibrosis and more than 10 million unknowingly carry the defective gene.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan met with local members of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and issued a proclamation designating May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in Clarksville. Pictured, from left, are Amanda Oster, Debbie McConnell, Mayor McMillan, Eston Cossey and Brenda Price.

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan met with local members of the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and issued a proclamation designating May as Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month in Clarksville. Pictured, from left, are Amanda Oster, Debbie McConnell, Mayor McMillan, Eston Cossey and Brenda Price.

On May 5th at Liberty Park, citizens of Clarksville participated in an awareness walk as part of the Middle Tennessee Cystic Fibrosis Foundation chapter’s Great Strides fundraiser.

May 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of Great Strides, the Foundation’s largest nation fundraising event. Each year, more than 125,000 people participate in over 400 walks across country in support of the Foundation’s mission to cure cystic fibrosis and raise awareness about this rare, genetic, life-shortening disease that makes it difficult to breathe.

The Middle Tennessee chapter is planning a second major fundraiser for 2018, a craft and vendor fair at the Clarksville Speedway, on October 20th.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was started in 1955 by a group of parents who had their sights set high to create new treatments, specialize care for their children and to find a cure. Continuous progress has been made towards these goals thanks to the Foundation’s efforts. Nearly every Cystic Fibrosis drug was made possible by the Foundation and because of the funds raised by Great Strides.

Mayor McMillan’s proclamation notes that Clarksville recognizes the tremendous progress made by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the unwavering dedication of the thousands of Americans who have made it possible. As a result of funds raised, people living with Cystic Fibrosis are living longer, healthier lives and are pursuing their dreams.

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