16th Annual Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History Goes Virtual This Year! – HomeTown TV12

16th Annual Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History Goes Virtual This Year!

16th Annual Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History Goes Virtual This Year!

Cystic Fibrosis Canada takes a virtual approach for its largest national fundraising event

BROCKVILLE – In response to the unprecedented global situation caused by COVID-19, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has changed its signature fundraising event, the Walk to
Make Cystic Fibrosis History, to a virtual format. This year, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is proud to present the 2020 Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History: Virtual Challenge.

For Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month (May), Cystic Fibrosis Canada is inviting walkers to #WalkYourWay4CF. This year, walkers may decide to ride a bicycle, go for a run, or even sing a song if they wish. They have the freedom to complete their walk, their way, on their own time from now until the end of Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month (May 31st). Walkers will set a fundraising goal, choose an activity/challenge of interest to them (with consideration of proper social distancing), and share it with their networks asking for support via social media.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been a game-changer for the charitable sector in Canada; we are expecting a decline in revenue of 40-60% this year,” says Carly Schur, Chief Development Officer for Cystic Fibrosis Canada. “The pandemic will pass, but help from our community is needed now more than ever.”

This year, Cystic Fibrosis Canada will see significant declines in Walk revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To secure its future, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is relying on the support of the community, volunteers, donors and supporters now more than ever to help achieve its vision of a world without cystic fibrosis.

For the past 15 years, the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History, Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s largest fundraising event, has taken place in over 70 locations across Canada where thousands of people walk for a cure or control for cystic fibrosis (CF). Since its inception in 2005, the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History has raised over $36 million in peer-to-peer fundraising to support CF research, advocacy initiatives, and high-quality individualized care.

Funds raised from the event are dedicated to improving the lives of 4,370 Canadians living with CF, advocating for improved access to life-changing CF medications like Trikafta , CF research, clinical trials, and providing 1:1 support through the Cystic Fibrosis Canada CF information request & referral service.

Canadians interested in joining the Virtual Challenge can register at: cysticfibrosis.ca/walk

Cystic fibrosis:

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is a multi-system progressive 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 leads to progressive loss of respiratory function. 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 failure. There is no cure.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada:

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world’s leading 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 $261 million in leading research, care and advocacy, resulting in one of the world’s highest estimated median age of survival for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis.

For more information, visit cysticfibrosis.ca.

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