The Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon was created by former Grosse Ile resident, Emily Schaller, who has battled cystic fibrosis since she was a child.
Former Grosse Ile resident Emily Schaller began her battle with cystic fibrosis when she was a young child. Doctors told her she would likely not live long enough to graduate high school. Since her diagnosis, Schaller graduated from Grosse Ile High School in 2000, created a foundation dedicated to increasing the quality of life for people with cystic fibrosis called Rock CF and began an annual half marathon that takes place on the island. The Rock CF Rivers Half Marathon is set for March 24 and registration has already begun. "Our registration numbers are ahead of last year so we are expecting a great crowd of runners,"Schaller said. "Lots of runners with cystic fibrosis will be there too." The race begins at 8 a.m. at Grosse Ile Middle …
The day she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, doctors told former Grosse Ile resident Emily Schaller she would likely not live long enough to graduate high school.
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- Nate Stemen
Thursday, November 1, 2012
In 2000, Emily Schaller did something doctors never thought possible. She graduated from Grosse Ile High School. As a child, Schaller was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis: an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website. In 2007, Schaller founded Rock CF in Trenton, which is a web-based music and fitness driven foundation that raises money and awareness for cystic fibrosis. "I've always been kind of a face for the disease across southeast Michigan, especially Grosse Ile, and now nationwide, but Grosse Ile has been a huge supporter," Schaller said. Schaller, who now lives in Grosse Pointe, began raising funds …