Back row: Kathryn Dolmage from Marine Harvest

Walk to Help Make Cystic Fibrosis History

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is making history because every year across Canada, friends, family, and colleagues of Canadians with cystic fibrosis lace up their shoes to participate in Carstar’s Walk To Make Cystic Fibrosis History.

The Western Region of Cystic Fibrosis Canada is pleased to announce that on May 29th, 2016 Carstar’s Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History will be held in 11 communities across BC and the Yukon Territory including Campbell River.

Year after year, the dedication of individuals, teams, and communities has raised more than $20 million for the Walk. In 2015, the Walk raised over $3.2 million nationally with $270,000 raised in British Columbia and the Yukon Territory. In Campbell River the walk will take place this year at Penfield School. Registration begins at 10:15 a.m. with the walk itself starting at 11 a.m.

Local Walk organizer Krista Houston says it’s a family-friendly event with face painting, music, prizes and a great barbecue lunch thanks to Dairy Queen and the Kinsmen.

Investing in CF research makes a difference. Since 1960, the median age of survival has risen from four to 51.8 years of age – the highest in the world. Sadly, this still means that only half of those with CF will reach their late forties. They need support in order to fund life-giving CF research that is making a real difference for thousands of Canadian families.

Public support of the Walk will go much further than just one day, organizers say. There are more than 4,000 Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. Cumulatively, they have spent over 24,000 days in hospital and attended CF clinics more than 15,000 times in the past year, and your involvement will help fund 42 CF clinics across Canada, support high quality CF care, promote public awareness of the disease, and much more.

For more information or to pre-register for the event, go to cysticfibrosis.ca/walk