Amazing Race returns to fund cystic fibrosis research

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Every day, 19-month-old Anna Becket takes 25 pills.

The medication helps her with digestion. She wears a vibrating vest for an hour each day to get things moving in her lungs and also does an hour of breathing therapy.

Shortly after she was born, Anna was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

“Even though Anna looks perfect, there’s a lot of things going on inside her body,” said her mother, Kate Becket of Carlisle. “Every day it’s work.”

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Becket and her husband, Alexander, also parents to 3-year-old Jack, are York natives. It’s where their family and friends are, she said, and where it made sense to host a cystic fibrosis fundraiser.

Anna’s Amazing Race, now in its second year, will kick off at 1 p.m. May 18 at Rocky Ridge Park’s Squirrel Pavilion in Springettsbury Township.

But this isn’t your normal fundraiser.

Last year’s participants kicked large beach balls up Reservoir Hill, decorated cupcakes while blindfolded, sang karaoke and added up all the items on the menu at Marcello’s Pizza in the West Manchester Mall.

“We do try to concentrate things in certain areas and we move things around each year,” Robert Godfrey of Spring Garden Township said. “Tasks are different and the places are different.”

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April Trotter

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