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Walk For A Cystic Fibrosis Cure

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Just by looking at Halee Brubaker, you would think she is a healthy person.

"I wake up in the morning, do my treatment, which is a nebulizer for 10 minutes, and my vest for 20 minutes," said Halee, acknowledging she has a disease for which there is no cure.

Halee suffers from Cystic Fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis, or CF, affects nearly 30,000 people in the U.S., and is caused by a genetic mutation from birth. In the 50s, people diagnosed with CF reportedly did not live long enough to go to elementary school.

"Right now, because of advanced medications and treatments, almost half of the people with CF are adults," said Tina Laas. Still, having CF means a shorter life, as the life expectancy for a CF patient is only 37.

"We walk for our family and our friends, and to raise money and show support. Hopefully, there'll be a cure," said Tina, who is a co-organizer for this year's Great Strides Walk at ZooMontana. The walk aims to raise money for CF research. The morning rain Saturday did not stop people from coming to the event.

"Rain or shine, we'll be here walking, every year," said Tina.

"It's just awesome to know the people are there for you," said Halee.

Organizers hope to raise over $22,000 during this year's walk. In 2012, walks like these, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, raised over $40 million. The walk's slogan is "Walk Today, Add Tomorrows", a reminder that every step a person takes in the walk could very well mean a cure for a disease that has taken many lives.

"They said in, like, one or two years, there's gonna be a pill for my mutation. So hopefully, that will come along to help take away the symptoms and everything," said Halee, optimistic as she waits for what could very well be a cure.

Another Great Strides Walk will take place in Helena in July.

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