Football players learn about cystic fibrosis before annual charity all-star game

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PARKERSBURG, West Virginia (WTAP) - West Virginia football players in the 26th annual Battle Against Cystic Fibrosis classic took time Wednesday to visit WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center.

The players received a tour of the emergency room and learned more about the disease they’re raising money for, cystic fibrosis.

"I think it’s good for the kids to come in here and see this and see how things are done," West Virginia head coach Lance Binegar. "You know they get to witness all kinds of things that they might not see without coming here."

Many players were looking to learn more about the rare genetic disease.

"My sister’s best friend in high school, she actually had it and currently has it right now," quarterback Gabriel Ray said, "so I kind of knew a little but about it but now I know a lot more."

Hospital staff put on a brief presentation on the disease, how it affects those diagnosed and demonstrated machines used for treatment. Players expressed the need for people to learn about this rare disease and participate in finding a cure.

"I hope it opens up their eyes, you know, go out and do more," Ray added, "donate more, do everything they possibly can, get more people at the game, get more money."

"It’s good for these kids to come in here and see and understand what they’re actually playing for," Binegar said.

Last year’s game raised $20,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This Friday's game will be streamed online and air on METV starting at 7:00 p.m.