Last year, Stephanie Brantley ran miles to raise awareness and support for a disease that has impact her family.

This year, she is leading an effort to rally the community behind her cause and make a positive impact on those living with cystic fibrosis. That effort needs runners and volunteers for the Georgia Regents University Augusta Half Marathon & 10K to be held on Feb. 24.

Brantley is the team captain of the 65 Roses – Miles for Cystic Fibrosis Augusta, a team of runners, walkers and volunteers, dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the Augusta Cystic Fibrosis community. The team is a charity affiliate of the event, an event from which they hope to raise $25,000.

Brantley, who lives in Aiken, has three children – Matthew, Kelli and Kristen – all who were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening hereditary disease.

The team hopes to empower local CF agencies to offer support for research and to individuals in need of medical and financial assistance.

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Reaching Out Foundation and the GRU Cystic Fibrosis Center will all equally benefit from donations and sponsorships.

Volunteers are needed for race day where, according to Brantley, non-running team members will man a refreshment tent at the start/finish line as well as water and cheering stations on the course.

Runners looking to raise funds for the local cause are also needed. And the charitable effort could offer rewards beyond the good feelings. The runner who raises the most for the CF cause will be awarded an iPad Mini, according to Brantley.

To register for the race or volunteer, visit where you can find specific information and more details on the local fight on CF.