Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 by Zach Stachura
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that stems from a defective gene and affects the lungs and digestive systems of 30,000 children and adults in the United States. It causes the body to produce unusually thick and sticky mucus that can potentially clog the lungs and obstruct the pancreas. If this happens it can lead to life-threatening lung infections and can cause the pancreas to stop natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year and around 55% of those diagnosed with cystic fibrosis are under the age of 18.
Mudd Foot Riverbillies is a non profit organization which was originally formed by a group of friends who wanted to help their friend’s daughter who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Their aim is to help children with Cystic Fibrosis by raising money through hosting Carp Fishing Tournaments. This money is then given to families whose insurance does not cover all of their child’s medical needs. The goal is to add a new child to sponsor every year as they help more and more families. This year they are sponsoring 2 children, Rebbeca C. and Dylan S., with the money raised from raffles and fishing tournaments.
Mudd Foot Riverbilles also hosts raffles to raise money. This year Midwest Basement Systems donated a flat bottomed boat and trailer to be raffled off at one of the events. General Manger, Rod Fox said “Midwest Basement Systems is proud to work with a group like this to help raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis."
The raffle tickets can be purchased at Hulgan’s Heating and Cooling are being sold for $20. The next carp fishing tournament will be held on August 27th and you can register at Perry Pattee Park.
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Midwest Basement Systems specializes in basement water proofing, foundation repair, mold control and crawl space repair in Marshalltown and other surrounding areas. They have been providing excellent service to Iowa since 1995.
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