EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis foundation hosted a Great Strides walk as a part of the largest national event to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.
Participants walked four miles for their family, friends, and themselves to raise money to find a cure for this life shortening disease.
There hasn't been a Great Strides walk in Eugene for four years, but it was brought back in honor of the group's 30th anniversary.
For Richard Walkins, his whole life has been a fight against this disease. He said he was diagnosed when he was just a year old.
He said the event surrounded him with people who understand what he's going through and gave him the support system he needs.
"Growing up, I didn't really have anybody," Walkin said. "I have a little brother and he also has CF as well so I've always had somebody, but it's better having more people around to talk to."
Event director, Faith O'Malley, said she's committed to helping people who suffer from this disease live longer lives.
"People are not living long enough. Forty years is amazing and a lot better than it was in 1955, but we want people to live full lives," O'Malley said.
She said she will advocate for this cause until "CF" stands for "cure found" instead of cystic fibrosis.
About $20,000 was raised Saturday, according to O'Malley.
She said the money will go towards funding research for a cure and she said she hopes to raise even more money next year.
To learn more about Great Strides, you can visit their website.