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Events raise awareness and money for disease

Kate Hibbard
News Editor
khibbard@lhup.edu

May 1, 2014

Cystic Fibrosis took a hit last Saturday when the Lock Haven community raised about $1,000 towards finding its cure.

Silver Shamrock Tattoo Co. hosted a tattoo benefit for which community members could get an awareness ribbon tattoo in any color for just $40. Half of the proceeds went to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Owner Freddie Wadsworth and his coworker Zach Spotts tattooed 47 people from noon until just after midnight. Donations were also made.

“It was crazy, but it was fun,” Wadsworth said. “We’ll definitely be doing something along these lines again in the future.”

The total of $1,005 all went to the Foundation in the name of Kahner Stewart, a toddler who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis just a few weeks after his birth.

Many of Kahner’s family members also decided to donate to the cause and get tattooed in his honor.

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His aunt Pauline Coleman got a half-heart, half-ribbon colored purple for Cystic Fibrosis with a teal outline for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

“I love my tattoo,” Coleman said. “I have PCOS, so mine has two meanings that are close to my heart.”

For those who missed out on Saturday’s event or who would just like to donate more time and energy to a good cause, the first annual Great Strides walk for Cystic Fibrosis will take place this Saturday May 3 at Hanna Park.

Prella Smith organized the event – she has been working on it since last summer. In order to host the walk, Smith had to contact many city officials in order to receive the proper licenses, clearances and liabilities.

Smith arranged for many vendors, businesses and volunteers to donate their services, including Sweet Frog, a DJ service, the Lock Haven police and fire departments, and more. There will be several events going on before and during the walk as well as food available to walkers. Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts will dispense water at three locations throughout the walk.

“She has a son with Cystic Fibrosis and has been incredibly determined to make this walk go off without a hitch,” Brooke Kibler, a senior communication major who is helping with the walk, said

“She has been absolutely devoted to it. She is incredibly organized with everything and wants to make this walk the absolute best that it can possibly be. I love working with her because she is on top of her stuff, she really is a do-er and sets out to do it right the first time,” she added.

Kibler also has a very personal reason for being so involved with Cystic Fibrosis awareness.

“My sister has CF and so the cause is very near and dear to my heart,” she said. “She has defied her time-limit already due to the research that has been happening. When she was first diagnosed, she was given until the age of 16. She is now 27.”

Anyone interested in registering a team for the Great Strides walk may do so until the walk begins at 10 a.m. Saturday. Registration is free, but donations are encouraged. Donations are also welcomed in place of those who may not be able to attend the walk.

For more information visit fightcf.cff.org or contact the Central PA Chapter at 717-671-4000 or central-pa@cff.org.

 

 

Featured image courtesy of kerry-65roses.blogspot.com

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