Fundraiser for cystic fibrosis planned

April 4, 2013

An event to raise money and awareness for cystic fibrosis and honor a local child with multiple ties to Emporia State University is set for Tuesday, April 16.

The sixth annual Laps 4 Landon will be at Welch Stadium from 6 p.m. until dark. The free community event features walking, children’s games, snacks, prizes, live entertainment and a silent auction. All proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Laps 4 Landon is named for 6-year-old Landon Dody, son of Emporians Aron and Blythe. Dad Aron is an Emporia State University alum and is principal of Americus Elementary and North Lyon County Junior High schools. Mom Blythe, also an alum, works in ESU’s Center for Student Involvement; aunt Laura Eddy, another alum, is director of admissions and grandfather Tom Eddy is a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences.

Landon was diagnosed with CF when he was 3 months old. CF is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and 70,000 worldwide, according to CFF. Approximately 1,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and most — more than 70 percent — are diagnosed by age 2. The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the mid-30s.

The Laps 4 Landon event is a project every year for ESU health promotion majors as a final project in a health marketing class.

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