Oklahoma football: Jay Norvell's wife Kim hosts Zumbathon to battle cystic fibrosis, the disease she's dealt with all her life

by Jason Kersey Published: May 16, 2013
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— More than four decades ago, doctors diagnosed 6-month-old Kim Fehrman with cystic fibrosis, then told her parents she wouldn't live long enough to start kindergarten.

Her life expectancy continually increased, though, as research and medical advances were made in the fight against the chronic disease that produces mucus, which clogs the lungs and hinders food digestion.

Kim — now married to Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell — turns 45 next month, but continues to battle her illness every day with medicine, airway clearance techniques, exercise and fundraising.

She's combined the latter two for Saturday's second “Shake It For CF Zumbathon,” scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon at Norman's Crosspointe Church.

Tickets are $25, with all proceeds directly benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to the dance fitness workout, there will be a raffle of donated prizes, including gift certificates, beauty products and signed sports memorabilia.

“I like Zumba, and I thought this would be something I could put together on my own,” Kim Norvell said. “I've been utterly amazed by the response. This year, I've got corporate sponsors that are helping me pay for T-shirts and so many people have donated prizes.”

Around 30,000 children and adults in the United States — 70,000 worldwide — suffer from the disease, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's website. There is still no cure.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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Shake It For CF Zumbathon

What: Fundraising event for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, featuring Zumba — a dance fitness workout — and a raffle for donated prizes. Participants receive a T-shirt, food and drinks.

When: 10 a.m.-noon Saturday

Where: Crosspointe Church; 2601 24th Ave SE, Norman

Tickets: $25; available at http://brownpapertickets.com. All proceeds directly benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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