Tyler children's stand raises funds, awareness for cystic fibrosis

Tyler children's stand raises funds, awareness for cystic fibrosis
Pictured L to R: Sarah Jordan, Maci Drewry, Kate Jordan, Blake Thedford, Mallory Thedford
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Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 5:51pm

A group of Tyler children are banding together to raise funds in honor of one child who has been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF).

The kids--  Sarah Jordan, Kate Jordan, Blake Thedford and Mallory Thedford -- set up their lemonade stand at the corner of Gleneagles Drive and Royal Oak Drive on Wednesday. In the past two days, the group has collected more than $750 for their neighbor, Maci Drewry.

Those wishing to donate to the cause can find the stand at The Market by Fresh Friday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Cups sell for 50 cents, but customers can donate as much as they wish to support the cause.

All proceeds will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF). The organization supports and accredits 115 care center nationwide where people with CF can receive care and resources.

If you can't make it out for cup of lemonade, the CFF will be hosting Great Strides, a walk to raise money for the foundation. The event will take place September 27 at Bergfeld Park in Tyler. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the walk starts at 9 a.m.

About cystic fibrosis

Around 30,000 Americans suffer from the disease daily. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, CF is a chronic and frequently fatal genetic (inherited) disease of the body's mucus glands. It primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems in children and young adults. On average, a person with CF will live 30 years.

People with CF lose excessive amounts of salt when they sweat, which can upset the balance of minerals in the blood and can cause abnormal heart rhythms. Mucus in CF patients is very think and accumulates in the intestines and lungs. The result is malnutrition, poor growth, frequent respiratory infections, breathing difficulties and eventually permanent lung damage. 

You can learn more about the disease on the CDC's website.

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