The dedicated members of our community never cease to amaze us! As part of our Spotlight series, we’re pleased to feature some of the hardworking people across Canada who are helping us achieve our goal of a world without cystic fibrosis.
Meet Darryl Hemstreet from Red Deer, Alberta!
Name: Darryl Hemstreet
What’s your involvement with CF Canada (are you a volunteer, donor, event organizer, etc.)? Volunteer, Donor, and Event Organizer
What is your connection to CF? My father was a member of the Kinsmen club, so growing up I spent a lot of time with him and his colleagues at Kinsmen events. A big part of what they did was raise money and awareness for CF. I got to learn about how CF affected young Canadians and what hit home with me was the fact that this is a genetic disease. The notion that this was something you were born with and couldn’t do anything to avoid was what sunk in with and made me want to be involved.
What has been the greatest highlight of supporting CF Canada for you? Since I have been involved with CARSTAR I have always enjoyed our annual CF campaigns. Whether it was the FrightLights campaign, the Soaps it up for CF Car Wash, or now the Great Strides walk, it always feels good to give back and work with such a great charity and awesome people at the local CF Chapter. I’ve got to meet and work with some really great people on these campaigns.
Why do you think it’s important to support CF Canada? For me, I don’t think it’s just about raising money for CF research. Raising awareness of CF is also important as there are still a lot of people who have never heard of CF or know what it is. It also genuinely feels like we are closer now to effective control and a cure for CF than ever before.
What will #aworldwithoutCF mean to you? It means a brighter future for young Canadians born with CF and also that the hard work and dedication that the volunteers across Canada have put in has paid off.