For the Cumberland Times-News
CUMBERLAND — Allegany College of Maryland’s respiratory therapy class of 2010 is coordinating the local observance of the annual Great Strides walk, which raises funds to battle cystic fibrosis. The event will held May 7 on the college campus.
The 25-member student group has the goal of raising $1,000 toward a cure for CF, a genetic disease affecting children and young adults that leads to chronic and life-threatening lung infections and impairment of the digestive system.
The students are seeking tax-deductible donations to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, sponsor of the 22nd annual Great Strides that is the group’s largest fund-raiser.
Proceeds go toward CF Foundation-supported scientific research. Landmark gene therapy studies and clinical trials on new drug treatments are under way, according to the foundation.
Students Debbie Bussard and Kendra Norris are heading up the ACM effort.
Donations are being accepted through April 30. The students are also selling paper roses for a dollar each.
The 64 roses campaign refers to the way young children with CF sometimes pronounce the name of the disease that afflicts them.
The rose cutouts will be taped to the glass walls of the canteen in ACM’s Allied Health Building, where the respiratory therapy program is based.
For more information on the effort contact ACM’s respiratory therapy program at 301-784-5521.