TUSCALOOSA, AL - The Alabama swimming and diving team and Emily Schreiber will host the Crimson Tide's sixth annual Laps for CF event this Saturday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. in the Alabama Aquatic Center.
Schreiber, the founder and driving force behind Laps for CF, along with UA head coach Eric McIlquham and his athletes, are all part of the event which raises money and awareness in the fight against cystic fibrosis.
"I am really looking forward to our sixth Laps for CF event at the University of Alabama," Schreiber said. "It is hard to believe that when we started here I was only 12 years old, and now I am 18 and a senior in high school. The support that Coach Eric and everyone at Alabama has show to me and Laps for CF has been amazing. Through this event, we have created so much awareness of cystic fibrosis and have raised support to help fight this terrible disease. I hope everyone will come out on Saturday to join us."
Laps for CF started when Schreiber began swimming laps to fight cystic fibrosis. This year, Tuscaloosa native Garrett Montgomery will be representing CF patients in the pool. Montgomery, who is nine years old and attends Walker Elementary School, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a toddler.
"This is one of the highlights of the season for our swimmers and divers," McIlquham said. "We hope lots of folks will stop by the Aquatic Center and be a part of this great event which just seems to get bigger and bigger each year."
The event will feature exhibitions by the Crimson Tide swimmers and divers, music, great food and children's activities. The event is free for anyone who wishes to attend and is sponsored by UA's PanHellenic Association.
Since Schreiber began raising money to fight cystic fibrosis in 2003, Laps for CF has raised over $2 million to support cystic fibrosis treatment, research and care. The money raised has helped to greatly improve the CF Care Center at the Children's Hospital of Alabama, where cystic fibrosis patients throughout the state go.