‘Basin Buddies’ walk for cystic fibrosis

"Addie's Basin Buddies," a team that took part in the June 15 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk, strolls down a walking path.

“Addie’s Basin Buddies,” a team that took part in the June 15 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk, strolls down a walking path.

Basin Electric families took a stroll for a good cause on June 15.

Representing the “Addie’s Basin Buddies” team at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk were 51 individuals, who together raised about $8,000 of the estimated total of $17,000 raised during the walk, says Mike Zimmerman, accounting analyst I at Basin Electric. The cooperative pledged $2,500.

Basin Electric’s group consisted of employees and their families during the event, which took place at Sertoma Park along the Missouri River in Bismarck. Zimmerman says his family has taken part in the walk since 2010, and the cooperative has sponsored it during each of those years.

Nicole Perreault (left) and her sister, Annie Lindseth, walked with "Addie's Basin Buddies" during the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk on June 15.

Nicole Perreault (left) and her sister, Annie Lindseth, walked with “Addie’s Basin Buddies” during the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides Walk on June 15.

Zimmerman’s daughter, Addie, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth. He was thrilled to see Basin Electric and other community members show their support.

“The CF walk is so very important to me and my family. It is our opportunity to raise much-needed funding that will hopefully one day lead to a cure for CF,” he says. “I want to thank Basin Electric for their continued support of the CF Foundation.”

He adds that the financial support and donated time from “Addie’s Basin Buddies” has been remarkable.

Although the average life expectancy of someone with cystic fibrosis is only 37 years, the foundation is working on a number of therapies that will add to those years both in terms of quality and quantity, with the ultimate goal of developing a cure, Zimmerman says.

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