Fishing for Fibrosis

July 8, 2011 Updated Jul 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 8, 2011 Updated Jul 8, 2011 at 2:00 PM EDT


Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW)- Bass plus Walleye equals BassEye.

That's according to the many fishermen involved in the 10th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge Fishing Tournament.

"We are out here catching a cure for Cystic Fibrosis," head Captain Jim Hanley said.

Their goal is to catch those species of fish and gain points that translate to dollars for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

"There is no cure for Cystic Fibrosis and the life expectancy is in the late thirties ," KC White who suffers from Cystic Fibrosis said.

White, 32, was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when she was three years old. She was only expected to live until she was a teenager. She's says the life expectancy has double even in her lifetime. Now she hope there may soon even be a cure.

"Events like this are so important to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to fund research," White said.

Now, KC said she doing extremely well. She has even found a new hobby.

"Last year, I was the top female Angler so I'm hoping to defend my crown," White said.

KC said she the community has come together for this event. Local captains make it possible by donating their boat, supplies and their time. There are also some very special guests including former Buffalo Bills Quarterback Jim Kelly.

"Bottom line is that we all enjoy ourselves and we know what were here for," Kelly said.

In the ten years the program has been around, the group have raised more than $1 million. Organizers say they're easily going to reach their goal of one hundred thousand dollars, Friday.

"The people of Buffalo should be really proud of themselves. They have such big hearts and are always ready to give so much," Hanley said.

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