Cyclists from all over the Midwest gathered at the Great Bend Expo Complex last Saturday morning to take to the trails and roadways of Barton County to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis during the 2nd Annual Bike Brew and Q.
“This is a very important event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We have had so much support from the community, it has been amazing,” event chair Ryan Fairchild said. “This is how they get funded to help with research and to help people.”
This event was in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. CFF has been working for years to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
The event drew in 60 riders from all over and had eight home breweries come out with all kinds of beer for the cyclists to enjoy after their long ride.
“This is a great event for the cyclist. They get out to see Barton County and have fun,” Fairchild said. “After the ride they get to enjoy good food and crafted beer.”
All the proceeds from the event will go to help with research and to find a cure for CFF.
Bike Brew and Q
According to Fairchild, their mission is to raise awareness and funds to help find a cure for the complex disease that is Cystic Fibrosis.
Bike Brew Q was established as a vehicle for spreading knowledge of a disease that is still unknown to many. Their goal is to aggressively fundraise for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation while providing a welcoming atmosphere for participants.
According to CFF.ORG, cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.