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Montgomery man with Cystic Fibrosis 'runs for a cure" with Run Bell Run Campaign

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A Montgomery man with Cystic Fibrosis is running for a cure for the life-threatening disease. Scott Bell started has started Run Bell Run, a year-long campaign to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Bell has pledged to run 1,000 miles in one year, asking people to make a pledge of their own—to donate a certain amount of money per mile.  His goal is to raise $50,000.00, and every dollar donated will go to the CF Foundation, which funds research to find a cure for the disease.

Bell, who at first glance looks like a normal healthy young man, has been battling Cystic Fibrosis since childhood.  The genetic disease causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and can lead to life-threatening lung infections.  It also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

According to the CF Foundation's web site, "In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Since then, tremendous progress in understanding and treating CF has led to dramatic improvements in the length and quality of life for those with CF."

When Bell was a child, doctors told him that he wouldn't live past 16.  Now at 31, his life expectancy has increased thanks to that research.  It's why he and his family are such strong supporters of the CF Foundation.  He believes a cure can be found in his lifetime and wanted to do his part to help. 

Bell has been an avid runner for much of his life.  It's one of the many things he does to stay physically active which helps to keep his lungs healthy.  It's how he came up with the idea for Run Bell Run. 

In addition to the physical challenge of running 1,000 miles in a year, it's also a challenge time-wise to balance work with his daily therapy regimen and treatments.  Scott is the owner of Bell Media, a company that specializes in indoor and outdoor advertising, as well as digital signage.  The job requires long hours, about 60 hours per week.  He also spends 3 hours daily on physical therapy and inhaled medications and takes about 150 pills per week.  Bell says, despite it all, there's a lot to keep him motivated along the way.

"Certainly, the family, friends, and colleagues who have donated per mile—that is extra motivation to get out there and make sure I am staying on track with my mileage every single day.  The other motivation is knowing that I am doing something that will make a difference.  It is perfect because I am doing something for my health too," said Bell.

To donate, click on www.runbellrun.com.  From there, scroll down to the bottom of the page and follow the instructions.  You can also read more about his story and the Run Bell Run campaign.

An estimated 30,000 children and adults in the United States have CF; 70,000 worldwide.  For more information about the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit www.cff.org.

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