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Hattiesburg takes "Great Strides" to fight Cystic Fibrosis

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Hundreds of people take part in the Great Strides Walk at the Payne Center Saturday. Hundreds of people take part in the Great Strides Walk at the Payne Center Saturday.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

Hundreds of people gathered on the Southern Miss campus Saturday morning for an annual fund-raising event to help fight Cystic Fibrosis. The 22nd annual, Cystic Fibrosis Sports Challenge and the Great Strides Walk took place at the Payne Center.

In addition to a walk around the facility, the event featured a children's sports challenge and a silent auction of donated items.

Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening, chronic lung disease which affects children and young adults.

Organizers said despite the recent tornado, Hattiesburg folks opened their wallets to carry on the fight against the disease.

"It just shows how wonderfully supportive the Hattiesburg-area people are in general," said Renda McGowan, executive director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Mississippi Chapter. "With them trying to recover from that terrible disaster, the area has still been very supportive," she said.

The goal of Saturday's event was about $38,000. 

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