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HHP Sponsors: Great Strides - Cystic Fibrosis Walk, May 16th 2009.

The 20th annual "Great Strides - Taking Steps to Cure Cystic Fibrosis" walk was held on Saturday May 16th 2009 at the UH main campus. Sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Performance, the three-mile walk through the UH campus raises money for CF, an inherited, chronic lung and digestive system disease that affects nearly 30,000 children and adults.

Below are some images from the day.

The University of Houston issued a press release about the event, below is an excerpt from the release

"Our department is proud to be a part of this important effort," said Charles Layne, professor and department chair. "Our faculty and students are concerned with and eager to promote health and fitness. It's events like this that lead to the constantly improving life expectancy of CF patients."

Last year more than 750 walkers participated in the event that raised more than $730,000 for cystic fibrosis research. The majority of the funds remain in the Houston area. Neighborhood residents, community clubs and organizations, friends and families are encouraged to walk together.

"Great Strides is the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter's largest and most family-driven event," said Sissy Boyd with the local CF chapter. "We are thrilled to be back at the beautiful University of Houston campus for the third year. The valuable funds raised at Great Strides will be wisely invested in science that one day, hopefully soon, will deliver the cure or control for cystic fibrosis."