SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - More than a thousand people started their day at De Anza Cove, in an effort to save the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that mainly affects the lungs.
News 8's Marcella Lee had the honor of serving as emcee to kick off the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's "Great Strides" walk-a-thon Saturday.
Cystic fibrosis affects 30,000 people in the U.S., with the average life expectancy of 37 years old.
Marcella Lee and her family were among the dozens of teams raising money for a cure. And organizers say it looks like that could happen by the end of this decade.
"We are very close to a cure and everyone who supports us and everyone who's out here walking today is helping to make that happen," said Leigh Innocenti.