Great Strides For Cystic Fibrosis


SHOWERS AND STORMS. THE END OF THE WEEK LOOKING BRIGHTER THAN THE FIRST HALF. NOTHING THE BRIGHTER THIS MORNING THAN KATE, THE BOARD OF DIRECTOR FOR THE CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION. THIS IS A GREAT DAY FOR THE FOUNDATION. OU GUYS ARE — YOU GUYS ARE TRYING TO RAISE $1 MILLION. WE ARE. THAT’S A LOFTY GOAL. WE HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THERE BUT WE ARE HOPEFUL THAT WE CAN DO IT IN YEAR. WITH THIS — DO IT THIS YEAR. WITH THIS BEAUTIFUL WEATHER WE ARE HOPING THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE WILL COME OUT HERE AND JOIN US. Reporter: WHY IS THAT MILLION DOLLAR MARK SO CRUCIAL? WHAT WE KNOWS IS WHAT HAPPENS IN NEW YORK DRIVES A LOT OF THE REST OF THE COUNTRY. SO IF WE CAN GET TO THAT NUMBER IT WILL HELP A LOT OF THE OTHER WALK SITES. THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT WALK SITE FOR US. IT IS THE BIGGEST FUNDRAISER THAT WE DO THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. SO, YOU KNOW, IT’S ONE OF THE FEW EVENTS WHERE WE CAN HAVE LOTS OF PEOPLE WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS ACTUALLY HERE BECAUSE IT TAKES PLACE OUTSIDE AND THAT’S A LOVELY THING. SO WE CAN HAVE ALL THE FAMILIES HERE. YOU KNOW, THEY WILL WALK TOGETHER. THAT’S A WONDERFUL FEELING OF SOLIDARITY. Reporter: THE $1 MILLION GOES TO CRITICAL RESEARCH FOR MEDICINE. TELL US MORE ABOUT WHERE THAT MONEY GOES. THE SCIENCE THAT IS INVOLVED WITH CYSTIC FIBROSIS IS SO EXCITING NOW. THEY HAVE DONE INCREDIBLE WORK TO IDENTIFY THE ROOT CAUSE OF CYSTIC FIBROSIS AND WORK STEP BY STEP TO TRY TO ADDRESS THE ROOT CAUSE WITH A NUMBER OF NEW DRUGS. SO SEVERAL OF THEM ARE ON THE MARKET NOW. WE THINK THERE ARE GOING TO BE A NUMBER OF OTHERS SHORTLY. THEY WILL KEEP WORKING THROUGH THE MUTATIONS UNTIL WE ARE ABLE TO ADDRESS EVERY SINGLE PATIENT THAT HAS THIS DISEASE. Reporter: A WONDERFUL CAUSE, A BEAUTIFUL DAY FOR IT L I HOPE THAT — DAY FOR IT. I HOPE THAT YOU MANGE THAT $1 — MAKE THAT $1 MILLION WALK.

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