La Crosse runners join national movement for cystic fibrosis research

Runners and walkers in La Crosse joined a national movement to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis research.

Cystic fibrosis is a disorder that creates fluids in the lungs and also affects the digestive system. People living with cystic fibrosis often need transplants and special medication to treat symptoms.

“Great Strides” is an annual event organized by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The 5-K walk around Myrick Park was free to join, but attendees were encouraged to gather donations.

Tysen Herken is living with cystic fibrosis and was happy to see others donate to find a cure.

“It’s just crazy that they don’t even know me and they’re donating money towards me and it’s just awesome to meet them,” Herken said.

More information on how to donate can be found here.