Cystic Fibrosis Walk/Run Scheduled for Saturday

MOUNT OLIVE – Take a step today… to give more tomorrow! University of Mount Olive students and alumni will sponsor the 15th annual Cystic Fibrosis Foundation 5K walk/run for genetic therapy studies and for tests on new drug treatments. Registration begins at 8:00 AM in front of Kornegay Arena on Saturday, November 17th with the event beginning at 9:15 AM.
Cystic Fibrosis is a fatal genetic disorder which affects about 1 out of every 3,500 births. This disorder is caused by a defective gene found in both parents that causes the exocrine glands in the baby to produce abnormally thick secretions that can lead to an obstruction of the pancreas and chronic lung infections. This generally causes death in childhood or early adulthood. Over 30,000 children and adults are affected by this life-threatening disease, each with a median life expectancy of 35 years.
Every dollar raised at the MOC event is contributed to the foundation. Anyone interested in participating, sponsoring, or simply making a donation should contact Ashlee Reuter ( or Dr. Burt Lewis ( The cost to enter the race is $10.00 and donations are greatly appreciated.
Various gift certificates to certain restaurants will be awarded to the top finishers.
University of Mount Olive is a private institution rooted in the liberal arts tradition with defining Christian values. The College, sponsored by the Convention of Original Free Will Baptists, has locations in Mount Olive, New Bern, Wilmington, Goldsboro, Research Triangle Park, Washington and Jacksonville.  For more information, visit