While the country has spent this past weekend looking back through the last 150 years of Canada, we here at Cystic Fibrosis Canada find ourselves looking back through our own history and accomplishments. Since our establishment in 1960, we have invested over $244 million in leading research, innovation and care to make CF history.
Here are some of our milestones along the way:
- 1960 – Cystic Fibrosis Canada is established by CF parents Doug and Donna Summerhayes.
- 1962 – First research grants are awarded to Dr. Morley Lertzman in Winnipeg and Dr. Victor Marchessault in Montreal.
- 1964 – Shinerama, a post-secondary school fundraiser, launches. To date, Shinerama has raised over $26 million for CF research and care.
- 1965 – The annual research grants and awards competition officially launches.
- 1967 – The clinic Accreditation Site Visit program begins in order to share best practices and ensure consistent high-quality care across Canada.
- 1969 – First CF clinic for young adults opens in Montreal.
- 1987 – Kin Canada formally adopts CF as a National Service Project. To date, Kin Canada has raised over $44M for CF Canada.
- 1988 – The Adult CF Advisory Committee is formed.
- 1988 – The world’s first successful double-lung transplant on a person with CF takes place in Toronto.
- 1989 – The CF gene is discovered by CF Canada-funded researchers in collaboration with the U.S. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
- 1992 – Researchers establish a new therapeutic approach to treat bacterial infections by using alternating courses of different antibiotics.
- 1997 – Both CARSTAR Collision & Glass Service and Siemens Canada select CF Canada as their charity of choice.
- 1999 –Over 50 volunteer chapters now support CF Canada, compared to 4 chapters in 1960.
- 2005 – The national walk launches. To date, the Walk has raised over $28 million.
- 2007 – CF Canada successfully advocates for CF newborn screening (NBS) in Alberta. Today, all provinces have CF NBS.
- 2008 – CF Canada launches its Facebook page, providing a forum for communication among members of the CF community and the organization.
This leads us to the present, where we continue working every day for a world without cystic fibrosis!