Nashville makes Great Strides for cystic fibrosis

Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk (Photo: WKRN)

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The people of Nashville got together Sunday for the Great Strides walk for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that causes lung infections and limits a person’s ability to breathe.

The event, held at Bicentennial Mall State Park, raised money to help researchers learn more about treating the disease.

“This is our largest event for the Nashville office and it’s also our national event,” said Brian Nock, Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-Tennessee.

Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Walk (Photo: WKRN)

Nock also stated, “This year we will raise over $42 million with our Great Strides event and it is a way for our families to get together and just have a voice,”

Hundreds of people in Middle Tennessee have been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.

In fact, one big development in treatment is courtesy of a doctor right here in Nashville.

“For us, we are lucky. We have a Vanderbilt doctor here who started genetic testing as an infant, so that’s a screen that’s done first thing when the babies are born. So the sooner we can get them on treatment and therapy, the better off we are,” Nock explained.

Organizers told News 2 the Great Strides walk also gives families dealing with the disease a chance to bond and share their stories.

Walks just like this one happened across the country and raised more than $42 million for research.