Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
The Huron Oxford Perth chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada hosted its Great Strides Walk around the Avon River Sunday.
Despite the rain, over 100 walkers came old to raise money to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Along with the walk, there was also a silent auction and live local entertainment at the Upper Queen's Park Bandshell.
Many participants were walking in memory of friends or family members who have lost their battle with Cystic Fibrosis, or in support of those living with the disease.
"We're trying to find a cure for those who are struggling and who are doing great," said chapter president Donna Mitchell, of Listowel.
Over $19,000 was raised making it one of the most successful local Great Strides Walks to date. it was also the first year the walk was held in Stratford, having been held for several years in Listowel.
Mitchell said though some familiar faces were missing, plenty of new families came out to join the walk and she is optimistic the event – held every year on the last Sunday of May – will continue to grow.
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure for the disease, which usually attacks the lungs and digestive system.