by JADEN CHAVEZ | special to 92081 Magazine

Longhorns Run to Find a Cure

Finding a cure for cystic fibrosis has been an ongoing fight for the students and staff of Rancho Bueno Vista High School (RBV), thanks to the familiar slogan “Let’s make C.F. stand for cure found!” Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disorder that affects 30,000 people in the United States alone. Stephanie Hawkins, a freshman and junior English teacher at RBV, has an incredibly strong, inspirational little boy named Ben who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at six weeks old.

Superhero Ben, as he is known, is now a happy four-year-old who doesn’t let cystic fibrosis keep him down with the help of his support team filled with amazing people. The RBV Fun Run is an annual run around the school’s track to raise money and awareness for Ben’s Brigade, an organization set up by the Hawkins family, and cystic fibrosis.

On the day of the third annual run, approximately 40 caring Longhorns arrived on that Saturday morning and began their run to raise the money running alongside Ben and the Hawkins family. Over the past three years, Ben’s Brigade has raised over $4,000.

Kaden Blair, a freshman at RBV, said his experience at the fun run was amazing. “Ben is such a fun, lovable, kid, and it was amazing to see all of the people come out early that morning to support Ben and Mrs. Hawkins! I had a great time meeting new people and doing something for a good cause,” expressed Kaden.

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Jaden Chavez is a sophomore at Rancho Buena Vista High School. She is participating in an internship program with 92081 Magazine.