For the third straight year, residents in Boise, Idaho, found a unique way to help raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Crawl Around Downtown, an event meant to feature some of the capital's best bars and pubs, helps support the organization. Although participants need to be 21 years old to imbibe, it didn't stop a wide range of people from coming out for the good cause, Boise Weekly reports.
The event, which featured stops at seven different establishments throughout Boise, was founded by Andrea Courtney and her husband, whose young son is afflicted with cystic fibrosis. In the two years prior, the event was a big success, and its third incarnation was no different, with hundreds of revelers coming out for the worthwhile cause. Lest anybody think it gets rowdy, that is certainly not the case, Courtney says.
"There's a core group that goes. It's a nice way to showcase some of the downtown establishments, during a nice vibe during the day," she told the newspaper. "It's not a drunkfest. My grandma goes."
The Crawl Around Downtown is just one of many events throughout the country dedicated to supporting CF during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Among the most significant are the Great Strides Walks, which are sponsored by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and take place across the country.
The walks will likely go on to help many CF patients who are in need. Among them is Preston Thayer, a 24-year-old Northland, Minnesota resident. Thayer's brother was killed by CF, and now he needs a double lung transplant to survive the same disease, Northland's NewsCenter reports.
Thayer is one of around 30,000 people in the United States suffering from CF. About 70,000 people across the globe have the disease.
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