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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to be featured at this week's Xplorers game

April 13, 2006 - arenafootball2 (af2) - Memphis Xplorers News Release

SOUTHAVEN --- The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be in the spotlight as the Featured Non-Profit for this Saturday night's Memphis Xplorers game with the Tennessee Valley Vipers at the DeSoto Civic Center at 7 p.m. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a donor-supported, non profit organization whose mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control cystic fibrosis (CF) and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.

As the featured non-profit, CFF will have an information table on the concourse at the DeSoto Civic Center during the game and have a representative do the official coin toss prior to the game.

"My job is to bring awareness to the community about cystic fibrosis and raise money for the foundation's leading edge of today's research vitally necessary to improve the quality of life and find a cure for those suffering with CF," Associate Executive Director for the West Tennessee Chapter of the CFF Trey Moore said. "My passion is knowing that I make a difference by adding tomorrows everyday to children and adults with this devastating life threatening illness. Being at the Xplorers game gives us a good opportunity to bring more awareness."

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease affecting approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections. These thick secretions also obstruct the pancreas, preventing digestive enzymes from reaching the intestines to help break down and absorb food. The mucus also can block the bile duct in the liver, eventually causing permanent liver damage in approximately six percent of people with C.F.

CF occurs in approximately one of every 3,500 live births. About 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. More than 80 percent of patients are diagnosed by age three; however, nearly 10 percent of newly diagnosed cases are age 18 or older.

The Memphis Office of the West Tennessee Chapter of CFF has a "Great Strides Walk" fundraiser planned for DeSoto County on June 3 at Snowden Grove Park and for the Memphis Botanic Gardens on May 6. The event at Snowden Grove will be their first annual "Great Strides Walk" in DeSoto County. The "Great Strides Walk" is the CFF's largest national event where co-workers, friends and family can come together to help in the search for a cure for C.F. In 2005, the West Tennessee Chapter raised over $250,000 through the "Great Strides Walk" fundraisers.

The Foundation is always in need of volunteers to help with its fundraising. Businesses, individuals and organizations can also support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation with event sponsorships, marketing opportunities, matching funds, employee volunteer programs and in-kind donations.

For information about tickets to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation night at the Xplorers game this Saturday call the West Tennessee Chapter's Memphis office at 901-818-9090. For more information about cystic fibrosis or the CFF, go to www.cff.org or call 1-800-FIGHT-CF.

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