Fielder and Kepling, who works in materials management at Presence, have known each other for years.
“That’s one of the reasons I decided to chair this walk,” she said. “It’s for a very good cause, and it just breaks your heart to see children who have this disease.”
She added, “Anyone can participate in this walk. There are no time clocks, so there’s no pressure to win this race. We just hope that people come out to help raise money for a worthwhile cause.”
To register to walk or make a donation, call Fielder at (765) 299-5369 or Kepling at 260-2228.
Fielder said there are more new cases of CF being diagnosed every year than new cases of cancer.
An inherited condition, CF affects the cells that produce mucus, sweat and digestive juices. As a result, the ducts and passageways of a person with CF often get plugged up, especially in areas such as the lungs and pancreas.
Although CF requires daily care, most people with this condition are able to attend school and work, and today they have a better quality of life than they did in previous decades. Recent improvements in screening and treatments mean that most people with this disease can live into their 20s and 30s, or longer.
Each day about three babies are born with CF in the United States, and at least one person dies who has this disease. As expected, the cost of this research continues to escalate as new technology is developed to help save lives.
FYI To register to walk or make a donation, call Angie Fielder at (765) 299-5369 or Sandy Kepling at 260-2228.