Walk raises funds for cystic fibrosis

Walkers gathered at Powerhouse Park on Sunday to raise funds for the Great Strides Walk, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Similar events took place throughout San Diego County the same day. The Del Mar fundraiser featured luau and steel drum performances and a chance to win a ride on a rescue boat with the Del Mar Lifeguards.

The Great Strides Walk is the foundation’s largest annual fundraiser. In 2009, nearly $35 million was raised for CF programs.

“Right now, there are over two dozen potential therapies in the drug development pipeline, some of which are targeting the basic defect in CF. These medications are going through the final phases of testing and if they work, they will change the course of this disease forever,” said Maria Olson, executive director of the San Diego Chapter.

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