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Bowl for Breath ready to roll

The event raises funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Canada

The 27th Annual Bowl for Breath will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31 and

Sunday, Feb. 1 at Campbell River Bowling Centre.

The event raises funds and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Canada and elementary, middle and secondary students can participate in the Bowl for Breath. There are several shifts to choose from and each participant bowls two games.

Students can register at participating schools by contacting the school coordinator or checking in the school office for a registration form. Registration forms need to be returned to the school by Friday, Jan. 23 (earlier to make sure you get your preferred bowling time) or call Cindy Stewart at 923-3382 after that date.

Children may collect pledges or make a minimum $10 donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada Campbell River Chapter.

Cindy Stewart, event organizer says, “This year we are encouraging adults to register to bowl on Sat., Jan 31 for the evening – it is a lot of fun – bring your staff or friends and enter a team. You will have a good time and will feel great about helping people with cystic fibrosis at the same time.”

Adults can participate by collecting pledges or make a minimum $20 donation per team member.

Cystic fibrosis affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. In cases where the lungs are most seriously affected, individuals find taking a breath a difficult chore.  For others, the disease starves their bodies by interfering with the absorption of nutrients as food travels through their digestive system.

Most people with cystic fibrosis die from lung infection. In 1989, when the first Bowl for Breath was held, a person with cystic fibrosis was fortunate to live to finish high school. Today, thanks to improvements in medical care, 50 percent of people with cystic fibrosis are expected to live to reach their mid forties.

Join the Campbell River CF chapter in a fun day of bowling while making a difference in the lives of all people who cope with CF each and every day.  Participants are eligible for all kinds of prizes, but special recognition and prizes (including entry into a draw for a helicopter ride for five, courtesy of West Coast Helicopters) will be given for outstanding fund-raising efforts. Other major supporters include McDonalds, Shoppers Drug Mart, D.A. Roset Accounting, Save On Foods, London Drugs, Strathcona Gardens, Little Caesars, Superstore and Walmart. Special recognition is given to the Campbell River Kinsmen who have strongly supported this event since it began 27 years ago.