HUMMELSTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A local woman is sharing her story of life with cystic fibrosis ahead of a fundraiser happening this weekend.
Maddy Palmer of Dauphin County was born with the life-threatening genetic disease that affects the respiratory and digestive system. A doctor told her parents that she wouldn’t live past 18. She is now 21.
Every day she takes 40 pills and does breathing treatments and exercises in order to manage the symptoms.
On Sunday, Palmer is raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Great Strides is a 5K walk happening in locations across the country and is the foundation’s largest fundraiser.
“It’s not government supported. Everything that we raise goes directly to research and treatment for people with cystic fibrosis,” Palmer said.
Palmer created a team with her sister Molly who also has cystic fibrosis. Their goal is to raise $30,000. To donate you can head to their team page.
The event is at Schaffner Park in Hummelstown. Registration is at 12 p.m. The walk starts at 1 p.m.