Great Strides Rallies Over 1,000 Participants for CFF Share Tweet Email LinkedIn 04/01/19 Top News University Wide All Inclusive Over 1,000 walkers and runners gathered at Lee last Saturday for Great Strides 2019.This past weekend, Lee welcomed over 1,000 people on campus for the 19th annual Great Strides Walk and 17th annual 65 Roses 5K. Great Strides is a national event for the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Foundation.The participants, which included 31 registered teams walking and running to support loved ones affected by CF, took off at 9 in the cool morning air. The weather held beautifully all day for everyone to enjoy the Great Strides festivities. Familes walk and run in Saturday's event.“Lee University has been honored to partner with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the local community to serve people who have the disease and their families now for 19 years,” said Dr. Mike Hayes, vice president for student development. “Through consistent, caring efforts, we’ve been fortunate to raise over $1.1 million to date to help people live longer and experience a better quality of life. We appreciate everyone who has been involved with Great Strides over the years.”This year’s event raised a preliminary total of $73,000, which puts the total amount raised to over $1,100,000 since Cleveland’s Great Strides began in 2000. CF is a chronic disease affecting the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. In the last 30 years, the life expectancy of a child with CF has doubled, and research is happening daily to find a cure and perfect the drugs available to those living with CF.To learn more, visit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.