LONGPORT – The Take a Breather Foundation will be having a 5K run on the beach Aug. 8 to raise money to create magical memories for children living with cystic fibrosis.
CF is a progressive genetic disease that affects the lungs, digestive system and other organ systems. It causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, which leads to life-threatening lung infections.
According to Matt McCloskey of the Take a Breather Foundation, there are approximately 30,000 children and young adults living with CF in the United States. There is no cure.
The foundation grants wishes for children living with CF in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania.
“We focus on creating magical memories that last a lifetime – memories that will strengthen their hearts and minds as they battle the psychological, emotional and economic turmoil that accompanies life with cystic fibrosis,” McCloskey said.
The race steps off at 6:30 p.m. in front of Beach Patrol Headquarters, 33rd and Atlantic avenues. Registration and packet pick up start at 4:30 p.m. on race day.
Race features chip timing by Run the Day Race Management, a water station and refreshments at the finish line. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three overall male and female finishers in eight age groups and the Longport Lifeguard categories. T-shirts will be provided to the first 400 registered runners.
Entry fee is $25 until 5 p.m. Aug. 5, and $30 on race day.
All proceeds benefit the TAB Foundation and children receiving care through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children.
For registration and information, see www.runtheday.com/race/longport5k.
For sponsorships and volunteer opportunities, call Matt McCloskey at 609-822-3538 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.