A Mid-Ohio Valley tradition continued Friday night with the 21st annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis all-star football game.
For the record, the Ohio all-stars prevailed this year, 18-15, over the West Virginia all-stars. Also for the record, West Virginia still holds the edge 13-8 in victories.
The game features high school seniors from both sides of the Ohio River facing off one last time before moving on to the next phase of their lives.
And in case the BACF football game isn't your cup of tea, there's an annual BACF basketball game featuring high school seniors from around the Valley.
But the real winners every year are cystic fibrosis patients helped by the funds raised each year for this charity game.
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide) have CF.
About 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year in the United States.
More than 75 percent of people with CF are diagnosed by age 2. In people with CF, a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections.
Currently, there is no cure for CF, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. However, specialized medical care, aggressive drug treatments and therapies, along with proper CF nutrition, can significantly lengthen and improve the quality of life for patients.
Obviously, the battle against cystic fibrosis is a huge undertaking. Our all-star football and basketball games are just a small piece of the puzzle. But, they are long-lasting displays of dedication by those touched by CF or by those determined to find a cure.
We hope you take the time to support a BACF all-star game in the future, or contact the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at 1-800-FIGHT CF, or email firstname.lastname@example.org to be involved in the fight.