Golfers Against Cystic Fibrosis remember Marc Belanger

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By Shawna O'Neill
Golfers Against Cystic Fibrosis remember Marc Belanger
Marc Belanger and good friend Pat Larose enjoyed golfing together. Submitted photo.

CORNWALL, Ontario – Local Marc Belanger is missed by many and remembered for a number of unique traits, especially his ability to tell amazing, detailed stories.

Known as a bit of an animated comedian, and a very reliable and supportive friend, Belanger was said to have a contagious energy — the walking embodiment of the life of the party. Belanger was always ready to go out and have fun, unless a hockey game was on — especially the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The seventh annual golf tournament in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada will celebrate the life of Belanger, who lived with CF and passed away in 2013. Some good friends may use a 1 iron in place of a driver in his honour.

“The tournament is in celebration of Marc’s life and also to bring awareness of CF,” said Kim Baird, local Chapter Lead for CF Canada.

The tournament will be held on Sunday, July 28 at the Cornwall Golf and Country Club. With a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. and a registration fee of $100 per person, the event is expected to offer traditional fundraising fun as participants can also indulge in dinner and a silent auction in the evening. Baird is expecting at least 80 attendees this year as the event is continually growing and gaining support.

Baird said that one youth living with CF will be in attendance during the event. She said that individuals living with CF may face challenges during this time of year with heat and humidity, making it difficult for them to attend. She is expecting many friends and family members of those living with CF to show their continued support.

“Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the leading researchers in the world (for CF); every dollar helps,” said Baird, who believes the organization is on the brink of cutting edge care. “To get that one dollar difference is to find the cure, or an effective method of control.”

There are about 15 individuals under the age of 30-years-old from Cornwall and SDG who currently live with CF. Baird noted that CF is often physically unnoticeable, but it greatly impacts individuals’ lives. CF is a genetic disorder that affects the body’s digestive and respiratory systems.

This year’s Walk to Make CF history raised just shy of $6,000.

For more information or to get tickets, call Kim or John Baird at 613-933-5851, email or visit the local CF Chapter’s Facebook page here.

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