Taking cystic fibrosis fight to the streets


May 15, 2000|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

A BEAUTIFUL stroll through some Westminster parks this Sunday could help some suffering children around the state.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's annual fund-raising walk, Great Strides, is scheduled to begin around 1 p.m. Sunday at the Westminster Playground near Longwell Avenue.

Registration begins at noon, and after a brief aerobic warm-up, walkers will leave the playground and begin a walking tour of the city. After strolling through Kings Park and Dutterer's Park, the group will return to the playground.

"The walk is about 3 1/2 miles," said Kathy Grau, special event coordinator for the Carroll County walk. "I'm expecting ages from 1 to 60 or 70 years old. Anyone who wants to can participate."

Those who take part don't have to complete the entire tour, Grau said.

Because participants are soliciting flat donations rather than amounts per mile completed, people can "take as long or as short of a walk as they like," she said.

At the conclusion of the walking tour, there will be a festival for the participants at the playground until 4 p.m., Grau said.

The event will feature food and beverages for the walkers, as well as performances by clowns and magicians, craft sales and an appearance by DJ Doug Sandler.

"We'll have all sorts of festival-type stuff," Grau said, adding she is hoping members of the Baltimore Blast and the BayRunners will also be on hand.

Cystic fibrosis, which affects about 30,000 children and young adults, is a genetic disorder that attacks the lungs and digestive system.

"The foundation has been instrumental in improving the quality of life for these people," Grau said, adding that 91 cents out of every dollar raised by the organization is used for research. "Because of the great strides we have made, people don't suffer as much."

Similar walks will be held Sunday at Oregon Ridge in Hunt Valley, Cider Mill Farm in Elkridge, Baker Park in Frederick, the Washington County Agricultural Education Center in Hagerstown, and Glen Burnie High School.

The Naval Academy will sponsor a walk in Annapolis on June 3, and Heavenly Waters Park in Bel Air will play host to a walk on June 4.

"I believe one person can make a difference," Grau said. "To those who don't believe that, I say. `Come out to the walk. You will make a difference.' "

Information: 1-800-731-2873.

Dancing to victory

Learn how music and dancing helped lift spirits during World War II at the next Lunch and Learn from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Carroll County Arts Council, 15 E. Main St., Westminster.

A brief lecture will be given by Chrystelle T. Bond, professor of dance and founding chairwoman of the dance department at Goucher College. Those attending are encouraged to bring a lunch to the lecture, where dessert and beverages will be provided.

The event is free for Carroll County Arts Council members and $1 for nonmembers.

Information: 410-848-7272.

Amy L. Miller's Central neighborhood column appears each Monday in the Carroll County edition of The Sun.

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