By: Ruby Arani/ GCU Staff
‘Tis the season of giving.
This Saturday, the Grand Canyon University Spirit Club volunteered at the Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis walk in Scottsdale. The Lopes provided a cheerful voice to bring support and raise awareness of a life – threatening disease.
“This event was not only a great way for the team to be involved in the community, but it felt great as a team to get involved with something that affects so many people,” said Lopes’ senior captain Megan Westmyer.
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent infections and limits the ability to breathe overtime. More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis in the United States. Approximately 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
Getting behind this event is just the start, according to Westmyer. “As a team, we are making it extremely important to get out in our community each semester.”
The Great Strides Walk is the largest national fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This year was extremely important, the foundation is celebrating 30 years of donating and raising awareness nationwide. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is leading the way in innovative research such as drug development, individualized care and ultimately providing help to people with cystic fibrosis to live better every day.