VERNON — The City Council approved the use of the old high school gymnasium for a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser to be held in May.


VERNON — The City Council approved the use of the old high school gymnasium for a Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser to be held in May.



The council waived the city’s usage fee for the event, being organized by Vernon resident Dora Warren.



“This young one on my T-shirt is my grandson, and he has Cystic Fibrosis,” Warren told the council.



The fundraiser is to be a wrestling event, “Fighting for a Cure,” and will feature local wrestlers performing. It will be held at 6 p.m. on May 4 and admission will be $6. The proceeds will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Warren said.



Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States and70,000 worldwide, according to the website, cff.org.



It is the result of a defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.



In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school, according to the website.



Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.



The wrestlers are all volunteering their time and efforts for the event.



“I hope this fundraiser can turn into something good for the Foundation,” Warren said.



In other business, the council voted to repaint the Sportsplex, at a cost of $534 using inmate labor, and voted to buy a set of bounce houses and water slides for a cost of  $8,995, at the recommendation of the city’s recreation committee.



The council also approved holding the July 4 festivities on July 4 this year, which is a Thursday, and agreed to have the fireworks firm Skylighters provide the city’s fireworks display again this year at a cost of $5,300.