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Local family tells story of Cystic Fibrosis diagnosis days before Great Strides Walk

Posted at 11:21 PM, Apr 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-19 02:22:43-04

On August 28th Hannah and Seth Whisnand welcomed their son, Gus, into the world, not knowing that 16-days later their life would be changed. 

Gus was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease the Whisnand's were blind-sided by. 

“It came back on his heel prick that they do at the hospital,” said Hannah "we had no idea it was completely out of left field.”

So the Whisnand's had no other option but to take the news in, and learn all they possibly could about the disease their new born would have to face. Turning something they didn't know much about, into something their now practically experts in. 

"Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, life-threatening disease, that primarily affects your respiratory system,” said Hannah.

But four years after being diagnosed Gus continues to keep up with his daily dose of medications, a vest that helps clear his lungs, and the Whisnand family makes it out to the Great Strides Walk. 

This year the walk is being held at the Park at Riverwalk on Saturday, April 21st.

Gusters CF Busters, the Whisnand family's team, has raised over $8,000.