HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Southern Miss students and local residents gathered Saturday morning to raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis.
A 5K run and walk called, Lace Up-Run for Breath-Cure Cystic Fibrosis took place at the University of Southern Mississippi's Spirit Park.
It was hosted by Delta Tau Delta fraternity and the Mississippi Chapter of the Cystic Firbrosis Foundation.
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting the lungs and other organs.
"We are making such progress," said Renda McGowan, executive director of the Mississippi Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. "We are now into our second pharmaceutical that actually does correct the defect of of (Cystic Fibrosis)."
"What this really does is it helps me, it helps other people with Cystic Fibrosis understand that we're not alone in this fight and that we will beat it," said Jonathan Lawler, a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity.
Delta Tau Delta has been raising funds for research for Cystic Fibrosis for more than 30 years.