The smiles were plentiful at the seventh-annual Laps 4 Landon benefit at Welch Stadium Tuesday. And with good reason. The fundraiser raised an event record $5,000 for cystic fibrosis research.
The event honors Landon Dody, the seven-year-old son of Aron and Blythe Dody, and a cystic fibrosis patient.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease, preventing people with the disease from getting rid of a mucus build-up in their body. Blythe Dody says the advances in treatment over the years have improved the quality of life for CF patients, extending the average lifespan from around seven years to at least 30 years. She says the best treatment isn't a medicine.
She said the money raised by this event will benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, in their efforts to find better treatments for the disease. Close to $5,000 was raised last year.
Dody says Landon couldn't sleep the night before the event, he was so excited. The two-hour event saw plenty of foot traffic through Welch Stadium, and KVOE broadcast from the event just as it got underway.
The Craeger family from Olpe was just a few of the many participants. High school senior Chloe Craeger and her brother Jack both have CF. Chloe, a track athlete going to Kansas State University soon, was diagnosed with the disease at age 2, but she doesn't feel too hindered by it. She does encourage more folks to attend Laps 4 Landon.