Metro Rotary was proud to participate in the Albuquerque Great Strides event to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Our team raised $1,885 of the total raised at the event ($30,514.23)! We were 6th out of 19 teams in terms of overall fundraising, with Tina Reames earning a Super Strider recognition with more than $500 raised (she raised $900)! 

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When the protein is not working correctly, it’s unable to help move chloride -- a component of salt -- to the cell surface. Without the chloride to attract water to the cell surface, the mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky.

In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps germs, like bacteria, leading to infectionsinflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. For this reason, minimizing contact with germs is a top concern for people with CF.