Memphis Great Strides
Great Strides, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s largest national fundraising event, offers a fantastic opportunity to get involved to support people with cystic fibrosis and play a key role in helping us defeat this terrible disease. For those living with CF, the day they participate in Great Strides is often viewed as one of the most meaningful days of their year. Each year, more than 50,000 people participate in nearly 300 walks across the country for one primary reason: to find a cure for cystic fibrosis. Memphis Great Strides takes place on the first Saturday in May each year at Shelby Farms Park.
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs and affects people of every racial and ethnic group. In the lungs, mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria, leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and respiratory failure. While many people with CF have seen transformations in their health because of existing therapies, there are still others who do not benefit.