Walk to End Cystic Fibrosis raises $72,000 in funds - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Walk to End Cystic Fibrosis raises $72,000 in funds

An effort to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis exceeded its goal in Lubbock on Saturday.

More than 20 teams took part in the Great Strides Walk to End Cystic Fibrosis at Coronado High School.

Great Strides Chair Person Erin Simpson said that their goal was to raise $52,000 for the cause.

Instead, they exceeded that goal, collecting $72,000.

"The first time I heard that," Simpson said, "my mom had to hold me up and keep me from falling, because that is just amazing."

Simpson said that she was born with cystic fibrosis, and at that time, the average life expectancy for someone with the diagnosis was only 16 years old.

Simpson is now 28.

And, with advancements in research and treatment, people with cystic fibrosis are living into their forties.

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