YARMOUTH, N.S. – Some fundraisers for Cystic Fibrosis Canada are happening in Yarmouth this weekend.
On Saturday, May 26, the 6th annual CF fundraiser is taking place at Dooly’s. The event gets underway at 7:30 p.m. and features a live auction and also performances and appearances by co-host Jayson Baxter of CTV News, Shannon Malone, Robin Dillinger (Area 34), Peoplekind and Yarmouth MLA Zach Churchill.
Many business and organizations have generously donated to the live auction which sees great prizes up for grabs.
Tickets for the evening fundraiser are one for $15 and two for $25 and while there may still be some left at the door tonight, it’s being encouraged to look into tickets earlier than that by checking in with Dooly’s or Josh Allen and Ryan Saulnier on Facebook to see if advance tickets are still available.
On Sunday, May 27, the West Nova & Valley Chapter will host the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History at the Gateway Park at 1 p.m. to help raise funds for critical cystic fibrosis (CF) research and care.
“Lace up, hit the pavement, and help lead the way in the fight against CF,” says Frances Morris, Walk Coordinator “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 53.3 years.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada says The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History will host thousands of participants in over 70 locations across the country. The walks take place every May during Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, when Cystic Fibrosis Canada raises awareness about the disease and raises funds for vital CF research, care and advocacy initiatives.
To register for the walk and/or make a donation, visit cysticfibrosis.ca/walk.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is a multi-system disease that affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. In the lungs, where the effects are most devastating, a build-up of thick mucus causes severe respiratory problems. Mucus also builds up in the digestive tract, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. As improved therapies have helped to address the malnutrition issues, ultimately most deaths related to cystic fibrosis are due to lung disease. There is no cure.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and is an internationally-recognized leader in funding CF research, innovation, and clinical care. We invest more funding in life-saving CF research and care than any other non-governmental agency in Canada. Since 1960, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has invested more than $244 million in leading research, care and advocacy, resulting in one of the world’s highest survival rates for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit cysticfibrosis.ca.