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Lowcountry dad walks across state to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research

Jeff and Colette Hanna (Courtesy Jeff Hanna)

Being a dad is hard enough. Being the father of a little girl with Cystic Fibrosis is something else altogether.

That's the reality for Jeff Hanna. His daughter is seven year old Colette Hanna.

He says every day is a battle.

"It's a lung disease, it's a struggle for her to breathe her pancreas doesn't work so she has to take pills with everything she eats, it's hard for her to gain weight, every cold can turn into pneumonia," Hanna said.

Dad says he makes it an annual mission to find creative ways to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis research. Last year he fasted for ten days. This year's challenge was mental and physical. He set out to walk from James Island to the North Carolina border.

He also set up a fundraising effort online so people could donate to his case. More than $8,000 has already been raised. Click here to learn more.

Hanna talked with ABC News 4 as he reached the end of his trip.

"It's been 7 days of walking on the highway for 11/12 hours a day and camping," he said.

Hanna walked more than 120 miles in a week. Each step was tougher than the last.

"Man, by the end of day one I had blisters and anybody knows walking in blister is tough let alone 20 miles plus a day," Hanna added. "It's really been a struggle with my feet and this 30 pound pack."

The determined dad says he was forced to make some unexpected adjustments. Blisters forced him to ditch his sneakers. He traded them out for flip flops and socks. That was his footwear for the last 40 miles.

Hanna says the foot issues forced him to end his journey just short of the North Carolina border.


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