In Her Father’s Footsteps – City-Bay 2015.For Natalea Parsons this year’s Sunday Mail City-Bay presents an opportunity to fill some rather big shoes.
Natalea, who will be running for Team Cure4CF Foundation, will be participating in support of her Dad, Associate Professor David Parsons. Dr Parsons heads up the Adelaide Cystic Fibrosis Airway Gene Therapy Research Group, who are amongst the world leaders in using their specific gene therapy approach to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF).
Natalea says that her Dad inspires her every day with his passion for finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, and her participation in the City-Bay gives her the opportunity to challenge her own physical limits to both acknowledge and honour his commitment.
“Growing up I never really knew what Dad did,” says Natalea, “I knew he was very clever and it was something science related, but that was probably about it.
“Now that I am older however, and I have learnt about the enormous impact cystic fibrosis has on someone living with the disease, I have come to understand why Dad works so hard. Why he works so many hours and why he is working so tirelessly to find a cure.”
Cystic fibrosis is the most common life limiting inherited disease in the developed world, with half of all patients dying from lung disease by their late 30s. Every four days a baby is born with cystic fibrosis in Australia and every nine days a young person will have their life cut short because of this insidious disease. There is currently no cure.
Cure4CF Foundation believes that with babies being born with CF everyday across the globe, it is now a race for the research team to fast-track toward a cure.
We are so grateful to have Natalea and everyone who joins Team Cure4CF Foundations support in the 2015 Sunday Mail City-Bay, we have such an important reason to run and together we will win this race to cure CF.
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