Serving up support for cystic fibrosis

Serving up support for cystic fibrosis
Pictured from left are Kim Baird

By Adam Brazeau 
CORNWALL, Ontario – If you have a taste for charity and an appetite for pizza, this event is sure to have you asking for seconds (maybe even thirds).

Volunteers from the Cornwall chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada will be serving up food and drinks at Boston Pizza-Cornwall from 5-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 1.

A portion of all sales will be donated to the non-profit organization.

Kim Baird, Cornwall chapter president, said these funds will go to the pediatric CF clinic at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa and a CF clinic at the Ottawa General Hospital.

“With community fundraisers such as the Boston Pizza Celebrity Server we will make a difference in the fight against cystic fibrosis,” said Baird.

She noted that fundraising dollars go into research to find an effective control or a cure for CF.

According to Cystic Fibrosis Canada, CF is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.

Baird said there are at least 12 families with a child (or children) battling the disease in the Cornwall area and 90 per cent of local CF cases involve youth.

“We have made great strides in our research, but every dollar helps to get to the end,” she said.

For Lindsay Wilson, communications relations coordinator at Boston Pizza-Cornwall, this event isn’t just business, it’s personal.

Six years ago, her older sister, Alison, who was diagnosed with CF at a young age, underwent a double-lung transplant.

“Fortunately, she’s been going strong ever since,” said Wilson.

Along with heart-lung and liver transplants, the procedures are the only definitive treatments for CF patients.

“Hopefully, we have a full house on April 1 to help find a cure,” she said.

For more information, search Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Cornwall Chapter on Facebook.

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