Photo by Erin Wallis Urging everyone to get out and walk for cystic fibrosis on May 28 are: Back row – Kelly McCay from CARSTAR/Rich’s Autobody, Jim Contain from Dairy Queen and Kinsmen, Al Buston, Kinsmen, Katherine Dolman, Marine Harvest, Chris Seeley, Boston Pizza, Kim Wood who has CF; Front – Tylie and Ashton MCay, Catherine, Daniel and Hanna Sharp, Krista Houston holding son Brechin.

Campbell River walk to make cystic fibrosis history

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease among Canadian children and young adults

On Sunday, May 28, Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Campbell River/Comox Valley Chapter will host the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History at Penfield School to help raise funds for critical cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care.

“Lace up, hit the pavement, and lead the way in the fight against CF,” says Krista Houston, walk organizer. “A simple act can go a long way. By joining the walk or sponsoring a participant, together we can make strides in making CF history.”

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease among Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. In the 1960s, most Canadian children with CF did not live long enough to attend kindergarten. Now, the median age of survival of Canadians with CF is among the highest in the world at 52.1 years. We have come a long way, but, at present there is no cure or control for cystic fibrosis and according to the most recent data of the patients who lost their battle to CF, half were under 32 years of age.

The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History will host thousands of participants in over 65 locations across the country. The walks take place every May during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month,

Here in Campbell River the walk will begin at Penfield School at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a barbecue lunch thanks to the Kinsmen Club, Dairy Queen, Thrifty Foods and Save On Foods. Kim Wood, who has cystic fibrosis says, “it really helps me work hard to stay on top of my disease when I see how much support there is for me and others who fight CF every day of their lives – I hope lots of people turn up at the walk and have fun while raising money for this great cause.”

To register and/or make a donation, visit cysticfibrosis.ca/walk