More than 12-thousand Canadians will take part in the Great Strides for Cystic Fibrosis walk happening across Canada early next month. Here in Grande Prairie, seven teams have registered already to take part in the June 1-st fundraiser. Minique Beggs is an organizer, and mother of three children who all have cystic fibrosis. She explains what living with the genetic disease is like.
“People with Cystic Fibrosis, when they breathe it is like breathing through a coffee straw. They have a very hard time breathing because their mucus excretions are very thick on a daily basis. The average Cystic Fibrosis patient takes about 50 pills, in between antibiotics, enzymes and vitamins.”
Beggs says money raised from the Great Strides walk goes towards researching a cure, clinical care, and advocacy. Teams and donations will be accepted right up until the walk starts at Muskoseepi at 10 am.