‘Team Lisa Lou’ Raised $7K for Cystic Fibrosis Research at Wheeling Event

Photo Provided Shown during a check presentation after the Wheeling Great Strides Walk are, from left, are Morgan Kleeh (niece of Lisa Lou, granddaughter of Bonnie and daughter of Evey); Bonnie North (mother of Lisa Lou); Evey Jones (sister of Lisa Lou); and Laura Rauch, director of development at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Western Pennsylvania.

The Western Pennsylvania Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation hosted May 20 the Wheeling Great Strides Walk as part of the largest national event to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis, a rare, genetic disease that progressively limits the ability to breathe and ultimately causes premature death.

Bonnie North, owner of Bonnie’s Bar in Viola, hosted two events — an ATV poker run and a steak fry — to raise funds for her team, Team Lisa Lou. The team is named in memory of Bonnie’s daughter, Lisa Lou, who lost her battle with cystic fibrosis.

Because of the generosity of family, friends and the community, Team Lisa Lou raised $7,250 for the cause.

“As a family, we get together so we can continue to give to kids that are fighting and so Lisa Lou’s name never gets forgotten,” said Evey Jones, event organizer.

Laura Rauch, development direct or for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Western PA Chapter, said every walker who joined the event made a difference in the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis.

“When we first began, children with CF typically did not live long enough to attend elementary school,” Rauch said. “Today, people in our community are living long enough to achieve milestones like graduating high school and getting married.”

We have made tremendous progress, but too many people are still losing their fight with CF too soon. We still have a long way to go until we reach our goal of a cure for everyone with this terrible disease.

“We cannot thank Bonnie and her family enough for their continued support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and our mission to find a forever cure,” she said.

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