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Great Strides walk Sunday at NCHS

By sponsoring the Fairfield County Great Strides, one of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's 550 walks around the country, Stamford Hospital adds critically needed funds for the Connecticut Chapter of the foundation.

The Fairfield County walk is Sunday, May 18, at New Canaan High School. Stamford Hospital's Gold sponsorship dollars support research, education and care programs for the doundation.

"Cystic fibrosis is a devastating disease. Stamford Hospital is honored to help adults and children who are struggling with CF and want to live long and healthy lives," said Dr. Hossein Sadeghi, director of the division of pediatric pulmonology and cystic fibrosis care at the hospital's Tully Health Center. "The progress made by the CF Foundation is inspiring, and we encourage other companies to take up this important cause by forming a team or sponsoring the walk as we work toward improved treatments and ultimately a cure."

Funds raised through Great Strides have helped spur dramatic progress in drug development and therapies for those with cystic fibrosis. Fifty years ago, most children born with CF died before reaching elementary school. Today, people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s and beyond. However, most individuals with cystic fibrosis battle lung disease throughout their lives.

Cystic fibrosis causes chronic lung infections and premature death. It affects about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, and 70,000 people worldwide. More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of a defective CF gene.

To register, call 860-632-7300 or visit greatstrides.cff.org.

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