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20/04/2018

8th edition: Defigena on 20 May in Ile-Tudy – A future lifeline!

The 8th edition of Defigena, a sporting and family event organised by Verlingue and Génération, will take place on 20 May, on Whit Sunday, along the Ile Tudy beach. This event, which has become unmissable, includes a 10km run, a 5km walk and a 500m course for children.

 

Defigena has a mission: collect funds to support research into cystic fibrosis and enable researchers to expand their prospects on the new treatments for this genetic disease that mainly affects the respiratory and digestive functions. In France, 6,000 patients are affected by this disease, including 200 newborns every year. With a wide regional disparity due to local genetics, Brittany is twice as affected by this disease as the rest of the population.

 

The donations are entirely passed on to the Professor Claude Férec INSERM laboratory (Brest), which has become world renowned for its research into genetic diseases, and in particular cystic fibrosis. The challenges are to continue the commitments and to increase the life expectancy of patients, by investing in high-tech equipment and financing a PhD researcher position every year.

 

Running or walking enthusiasts or experienced sportsmen or women, all are urged to support the research into cystic fibrosis, with family or friends. Defigena’s aim is to repeat the success of the 2017 edition: 1450 participants and over €30,000 in donations collected.

 

Moreover, Defigena can count on the support of a very committed sponsor, Nolwenn Leroy, as well as its partners from Finistere to develop and continue the event. Furthermore, Verlingue and Génération, founding partners, donate an additional €10 per participant.

 

Schedule on Sunday 20 May 2018:
– 9 a.m.: Opening of the village departure
– 9:40 a.m.: Group warm-up in front of the beach
– 9:50 a.m.: Start of the event: Children’s course (500m)
– 10:00 a.m.: Start of the events: Run (10km) and Walk (5km)

This year once again, attractive prizes donated by Décathlon and Salaün will be won by drawing lots at the end of the events.