HARRISONBURG, Va. - Danielle Hottinger is 12 years old and has cystic fibrosis (CF).
"It makes me feel great, because I'm glad there are people out here to help to support CF and try to find a cure," Hottinger says.
It's a disorder that's genetically passed from a parent to their child that causes thick mucus to stick in the lungs causing infections, breathing, and digestive issues.
"We worry about her, when she has a little cough. We're going to worry if she's going to be okay. It's in our heads all the time," says Danielle's mother.
Saturday she and her family walked for the Great Strides Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Harrisonburg. The fundraiser is aimed at saving lives.
Martha Winston has CF and participated in the walk. She says that most people are diagnosed when they're young.
"A lot of children are dying way too soon - like when they're three and four and just kids need a chance to live so the more awareness there is, they can raise money and get closer to a cure," says Winston. "The life expectancy is about 35, it's going up, it use to be a lot lower than that but now it's, it's increasing."
CF is the second most common life-shortening, inherited disorder that occurs in childhood in the United States, behind sickle cell anemia.
"I just hope that people support and that we can make an effort for CF, find a cure and different drugs to help it," says Hottinger.
Great Strides raised around $12,000 from this event and you can still help them out by visiting www.fightcf.cff.org
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