Knights in Shinerama armour fight to help cure cystic fibrosis
Students across Canada fundraise in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Toronto, Ontario (September 6, 2011) -- Each week in Canada, two children are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) and one person dies from the disease. Every September, thousands of Shinerama students across the country shine shoes, wash cars and collect pennies to fight this devastating disease. This year, Canadians can support these Shiners in the fight to cure cystic fibrosis in two ways: by donating through www.shinerama.ca or by texting SHINE to 45678 (charges will appear on mobile device/cell phone bills).
"We are all excited to make this year's Shinerama the biggest fundraising year yet," said Ryan McDermott, National Shinerama Chair. "Many Canadians rely on the support and dedication put forth by Shiners across the country in the hope for a cure and we will strive to be knights in their daily fight."
Cystic fibrosis cuts young lives short and is the most common fatal genetic disease that affects Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure.
"We are very grateful for all of the Shinerama participants and donors across Canada," said Maureen Adamson, Chief Executive Officer of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. "It is the dedication of volunteers that compels us to continue to have our sights set squarely on finding a cure and we will turn the corner on this devastating disease."
In its 47th year, Shinerama rallies 35,000 students from more than 60 universities and colleges across Canada. The campaign, which began in 1964, has raised more than $21.5 million to support Cystic Fibrosis Canada's programs.
About cystic fibrosis and Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Cystic fibrosis 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 and protein also build up in the digestive tract, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. Thick mucus builds up and blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes, which help to digest food, from reaching the intestines. As improved therapies have helped to address the malnutrition issues, ultimately most cystic fibrosis-related deaths are due to lung disease.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a national health charity committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, and to helping people and families affected by cystic fibrosis cope with their daily fight. As a global leader in CF research, the organization invests more dollars in life-saving cystic fibrosis research and care than any other non-government agency in Canada. In 2011, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is investing nearly $6.5 million to fund 56 promising research projects, as well as more than 50 fellows and students, and is delivering more than $2 million to fund clinical care programs in Canada.
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