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Zumbathon helps children living with Cystic Fibrosis

Posted: March 21, 2014 - 8:39am

We recently raised over a thousand dollars with the Cystic Fibrosis Zumbathon put on by the Kenai River Interact Club. This fundraising assists in local children with this life shortening genetic condition. We couldn’t have helped local Cystic Fibrosis children without you!

My beautiful daughter was born four years ago and had the standard heel-stick blood test that all newborns do. A few days later, the hospital called me and told me to come back with my baby immediately because there was a problem. The doctor told me the test came back with Cystic Fibrosis and that my happy healthy child actually had a lifelong condition that is caused by a defective gene. Unfortunately there isn’t a cure so she takes up to 30 pills a day, does pulmonary therapy two to three times daily, and takes nebulizers and inhalers daily. We are lucky to live in Alaska, since the specialized Cystic Fibrosis Clinic in Anchorage takes care of my daughter and assures she is getting the best care possible.

Thank you to all the community members who participated and supported this fundraising event. Thank you to the businesses and individuals who donated time, money or service to this fundraiser. I would like to give a special thank you to the following individuals and businesses: Kenai River Interact Club, Peninsula Clarion, Lori Forrest, Main Street Tap & Grill, Buckets Sports Grill, Cabin Fever Creations, Sweeney’s Clothing, Tina’s Hair Pros, St. Elias Brewing Company, Maxim Hair Design, Kambe Theatre, Filigree & Hues Hair Design, Mike Penland, Don Jose’s Mexican Restaurant, Peninsula Powersports and Polar Screens.

A special thanks to all the ‘Zumba on The Kenai’ local instructors that traveled from all around the peninsula to help this event be a success: Bella Larue, Ashley Blatchford, Darcy Swanson, Connie Nelson, Jennifer Ellis, Morgan Aldridge, Gretchen McCullough, Jeana Cotney, Katie Jo Brock, Maria Santa Lucia, Myra Ryan and Melody Niichel.

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