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Smithsburg walk raises $28,500 for research into cystic fibrosis

May 21, 2006|by DON AINES

SMITHSBURG - Saturday's Great Strides Walk exceeded its goal, raising $28,500 to benefit research into the cause of and cure for cystic fibrosis.

"Our goal was $25,000," said Chairwoman Paula Kriner, whose 12-year-old daughter, Kaelli, has the disease. About 130 people took part in the one-mile walk, she said.

Along with the money walkers raised through pledges for the noon event at Smithsburg Lions Club Park, Kriner said there was an auction of merchandise and services donated by area businesses, a lunch catered by Outback Steakhouse and activities for children.

This was the 18th Great Strides Walk, said Kriner, who has been chairwoman of the event for about five years. The goal this year in Maryland is to raise $1 million for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation through events such as the walk, she said.

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Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems.

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