Thou­sands take part in Great Strides

Seaway News - - HEALTH/LIFESTYLE -

On Sun­day, May 30, thou­sands of Cana­di­ans par­tic­i­pated in the 2010 Great Strides™ walk to help step up the fight against cys­tic fi­bro­sis (CF). To date, more than $2.5 mil­lion has been raised in sup­port of the work of the Cana­dian Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Foun­da­tion.

In more than 55 com­mu­ni­ties

across Canada, ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, par­tic­i­pants, or­ga­niz­ers and spon­sors made the Great Strides™ walk a huge suc­cess.

“We are tremen­dously grate­ful to

all the vol­un­teers and par­tic­i­pants of this year’s Great Strides ™ walk,” said Cath­leen Mor­ri­son, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer of the Cana­dian Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Foun­da­tion. “It’s been an­other record-set­ting year, and it could not have hap­pened with­out the help of car­ing Cana­di­ans.”

Cys­tic fi­bro­sis, which af­fects the lungs and the di­ges­tive sys­tem, is the most com­mon, fa­tal, ge­netic dis­ease af­fect­ing Cana­dian chil­dren and young adults. There is no cure.

This year, the Foun­da­tion is sup­port­ing more than 50 re­search projects, which are ex­plor­ing all as­pects of the cys­tic fi­bro­sis puz­zle; from in­ves­ti­gat­ing new meth­ods of fight­ing in­fec­tion and in­flam­ma­tion in the lungs, to find­ing new ther­a­pies that tar­get the ba­sic de­fect at a cel­lu­lar level.

The Cana­dian Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Foun­da­tion is grate­ful to its re­turn­ing spon­sors: Zellers, Kin Canada, Siemens Canada Ltd., Gilead Sci­ences Canada, Ad­vo­cis and Amer­i­can Air­lines.

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