PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - For more than 2 decades, football players from the Mid-Ohio Valley have competed in the Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis. Players got the chance this year to learn more about the disease ahead of the annual competition.
"This was pretty informational," said Kamuron Mace, a Parkersburg High School graduate.
The 17-year-old said he has no connection to cystic fibrosis and didn't really know what it was.
But that changed. He was one of several football players who toured Camden Clark Medical Center's emergency department on Wednesday. The tour ended with an educational session about cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation reports more than 30,000 people are living with the disease in the U.S.
Cody Wittekind, a Marietta High school graduate, said, "It's more about raising the money, I'm glad I get to play in it because we're doing it for a good cause."
Susan Aufdenkampe, the director of Respiratory Therapy, led the educational session about the disease. She say it's important for the players to know what they're playing for.
"You never know what you're going to be faced with in life as far as yourself or family members so any kind of knowledge that you gain is beneficial," she said.
The game is set for Friday at 7 p.m. at St. Marys High School. This is the 25th year for the competition.