Residents battle cystic fibrosis in Boardman Park

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) — Boardman Park was the scene on Sunday as hundreds of Mahoning Valley residents did their part in helping to battle cystic fibrosis.

Called the Great Strides Walk, the event is one of many held nationwide during May, which is cystic fibrosis month. The debilitating respiratory illness affects about 30,000 people nationwide.

For organizers, as long as people continue to show up for events like such as this, there is hope.

“We have patients who are in really need of this service of research because it really affects the respiratory system and the digestive systems,” said Colleen Novosel, chair of the Great Strides Walk.

This was the 15th year for the walk, which also included a musical performance.

Organizers hoped to raise about $45,000.

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