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Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History goes virtual

Participants are invited to ride a bike, go for a run, or even sing a song to raise funds for Cystic Fibrosis Canada
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CYSTIC FIBROSIS CANADA
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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 31). 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 per cent 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 and referral service.

Canadians interested in joining the Virtual Challenge can register here.

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