The Transylvania Times -

Troops Gearing Up For Madi


March 11, 2011

The Ecusta Credit Union's Walk for the Cure team, "Madi's Troops," is named for Madison "Madi" Ball, daughter of Amy and Michael Ball of Pisgah Forest. (Courtesy photo)

For the fifth year, Ecusta Credit Union's "Madi's Troops" is raising money for and bringing awareness to Cystic Fibrosis and how it effects some Transylvania County children and their families.

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and close to 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year.

"Madi's Troops" was formed five years ago in honor of Madison "Madi" Ball, daughter of Amy and Michael of Pisgah Forest.

Daily life for Madi includes chest percussion therapy that helps break up mucus and taking up to 30 pills a day with each meal and snack to help in digesting her food.

May 14 is this year's scheduled "Walk for a Cure" at Transylvania County Parks and Rec-reation facility on Ecusta Road.

Ecusta Credit Union is again calling on their membership to buy a pin-up shoe for $1 or stuffed animal for $5.

"We know times are hard and money is tight, but our members never let us down when we are raising money for Cystic Fibrosis," said Bobbi Whitmire, Madi's Troops team leader.

Money raised from the walk will help with research and cure.

Nearly 90 cents of every dollar is invested by the foundation in vital research programs.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has played an instrumental role in the more than 10-year effort to discover and develop potential new CF medicines such as VX-770. The results are more than just numbers — they represent hope. To date, the credit union has raised more than $25,000.

Anybody can make a donation and every penny is tax-deductible. Checks should be brought to the credit union office at 2074 Asheville Highway in Brevard.

Make it payable to: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and on memo line write "donation."

The credit union will mail in the donation, and the foundation will mail back a receipt for tax purposes. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation receives no government funding for its research. The public is also invited to come out on May 14, meet the children and their families and walk to "Blow Away Cystic Fibrosis."

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