With such prominent and active cancer charities in the area, it's easy to forget that there are many other serious diseases afflicting residents. Cystic Fibrosis has the Great Strides Walk, which began on the national level in 1989, but is in its 13th year in Stoddard County. The Dexter walk came following the death of Cassidi Davis, a fifth grader from Bloomfield, 13 years ago. Her parents, Terri and Connie Davis of Bloomfield, have another child, 27-year-old TJ, who has also suffered from CF since childhood. Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 worldwide. Organizer Jessica Hawkins says they collect about $1,500 a year, but their goal is to best their 2005 donation total of $2,130. All funds are sent to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Wilson, N.C. The distance of the walk is 6.2 miles with walkers allowed to go at their own pace. Registration begins on Saturday morning at 7:30 in West Park, with the walk starting at 8 a.m. Email for walk info, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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