Madison Madrid was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 8 years old.
“I've been a patient at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. I'm really happy to be here. I've been participating at this walk for three years,” Madrid said.
Madrid came to Saturday's walk to help find a cure for all people living with cystic fibrosis.
“I've been able to be there for my daughter on her first day of preschool. It's little things like that that mean so much to me because people are here today raising money to reach our goal,” Madrid said.
The goal of this year's walk was to raise $31,740. Thanks to more than 200 supporters who came to the walk, the fundraiser exceeded that goal, raising more than $35,000.
“It means a lot to me. Our numbers have grown. Since 2015, it has grown from 50 participants to over 200,” said event manager Jacqueline Smith.
Medical Director Richard Belkin of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital hopes to increase awareness of the disease.
“My brother passed away from cystic fibrosis at the age of 30. This is an exciting time now of new FDA-approved medicines that are now available for cystic fibrosis patients,” Belkin said.
“With new medication my health has taken such a big turn,” Madrid said.
Everyone's support from the walk will help accelerate innovative research and drug development, as well as advanced care and advocacy.