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Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis in Richland

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RICHLAND, Wash-- More than a hundred people walked for the first ever Tri-Cities Great Strides. It was a Cystic Fibrosis event at Howard Amon Park.

Student volunteers from Columbia Basin College organized the event to support research to control and cure the disease.
Cystic Fibrosis is a disease affecting the lungs. One woman living with Cystic Fibrosis tells us she was over-whelmed by the turnout.

"It's almost overwhelming as a Cystic Fibrosis patient just to see the whole community get together like this even though this is our first event. It's been extremely successful and there's no words," said Dana Giacci, event organizer.

Great Strides is a huge national fundraiser. They raised almost $35 million in the U.S. in 2007. Their goal is to raise $40 million this year.