KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly 30,000 people live with cystic fibrosis, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In one metro household, two children with the disease live under the same roof.
While there is still no cure for the disease, a walk through Theis Park Saturday showed metro families they are not alone in the fight.
Stephanie and Jim DuCharme have two children with cystic fibrosis. Their family has been taking part in the Great Strides walk for seven years.
“Every year it’s grown and grown. The first year that we did this, which was the year my son was born, and the same year both children were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, we only had about 10 or 15 walkers,” said Stephanie DuCharme. This year, nearly 2,000 people gathered to walk.
The Greater Kansas City Great Strides hopes to raise more than $450,000 dollars in Kansas City.
FOX 4’s Nick Vasos emceed Saturday’s event.