Bluegrass Picks On C.F.

Image634821738099916000September, 2012 will be the sixth Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis Bluegrass festival with the support of the musicians, sponsors, volunteers and fans we have been growing each year.

Thirty thousand children and young adults in the US are affected by Cystic Fibrosis. CF is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system.

The median age of those with CF is 36 years of age. Although the treatments have improved over the past 10 years, there is no cure.

Pickin on Cystic Fibrosis (POCF) is a bluegrass festival that raises money for research to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for CF.

The mission of Pickin on Cystic Fibrosis is to support the Hunt for a Cure organization in funding research projects for better treatments, and ultimately a cure.

This fun 3-day family event will be held at the KC Campground in Milan, Michigan.

Michigan’s Detour Bluegrass band headlines the show.  Bring a lawn chair and listen to music from other Michigan bands as well : Lonesome County, Out of the Blue, Stoney Creek Gospel, Wendy Smith & Blue Velvet, Bobby Hutch & Grand Ole Country, Windy Mountain, Hardline Drive Reunion, New County Grass . Bands from Ohio include: New Outlook, Lonesome Meadow and Berachah Valley.

Image634821734562216000Darrin and Brooke Aldridge from South Carolina will conduct a workshop on Saturday morning.

The weekend ticket price is $40. Thursday night is free, Friday is $20 and Saturday is $20. Children under 16 are free with a paying adult. Camping during the event is $15 per night. There is a building in case of rain.

All the profits from raffle and ticket sales are donated to Hunt for a Cure in Grand Rapids. The funding will help to improve the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis and help find a cure.

Jimmy Kittle is the founder of Pickin’ on Cystic Fibrosis. Jimmy says,

“I wanted to do something to help raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. I have been involved in music all my life and bluegrass music since the Mid 70's it just seemed like a natural fit for me. This is not just a bluegrass festival, it is a celebration of the advancements made in the treatments of CF. There is no cure, and without events to raise money for research there never will be. I’m not willing to accept that. We will continue our efforts and do our best to build a great festival that helps add longevity to the lives of those with CF.”

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of children and adults. Unusually thick and sticky mucus clogs the lungs and pancreas.

According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, children in the 1950s rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Because of advances in research, children today can expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.


Pickin on Cystic Fibrosis Bluegrass Festival



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