Annual Mini March aids Cystic Fibrosis
It’s not every day clusters of about 60 kids are seen running around Davies Center and Schofield Hall.
After seeing the children going from student to student asking for spare change, the question of what the kids were doing most likely crossed your mind.
On Tuesday children from the Campus School, ranging from 2 to 5 years old, lifted up their signs and change buckets as they raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The Mini March is an annual event that kids have done for several years. This year the children raised about $735.
“We asked them if they could give us any money,” said Rosalind Faulkner, a 5-year-old participant in the fund-raising event. “I had fun.”
The kids walked around Davies and Schofield for about an hour, said Becky Wurzer, interim director of the Children’s Center located in the Campus School. Some of the money also came from prior donations, but everything raised will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Wurzer said.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, established in 1955, strives to cure and control cystic fibrosis and to improve the quality of life for those with the disease.
CF is a genetic disease affecting the lungs, most cases of which are caused by a single defect in a single gene.
CF affects approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States. The most common symptoms are salty-tasting skin, persistent coughing, wheezing or pneumonia and excessive appetite but poor weight gain.
Students seemed to respond well to the kids requesting donations, said junior Amanda Speaker, a student worker at the Children’s Center. Speaker was with the group of 2-year-olds, who raised the most money out of all the age groups.
“It definitely was the cute factor,” Speaker said, referring to the reason the 2-year-olds raised the most money. “The kids had a lot of fun.”
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation depends upon public support to carry out its life-saving programs.