Once known as la p'tite Québécoise, Céline Dion was unknown (outside her native province of Quebec) when she, as a young girl, embarked on a singing career in 1982. Now, Céline is an international superstar. Since the world was first introduced to that remarkable voice, Céline has been a champion for people with cystic fibrosis. Her commitment to our cause is marked by a real life tragedy. Céline’s niece, Karine – who had cystic fibrosis – died at age 16 in her aunt’s arms.
Céline began supporting the CF cause through her collaboration with Cystic Fibrosis Quebec, Cystic Fibrosis Canada's provincial association in Quebec. She participated in media interviews, public service campaigns and fundraising events.
In August 1993, Céline accepted Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s invitation to become our Celebrity Patron. From 1994 to 1997, she participated in a Canada-wide public awareness campaign. The hopeful yet urgent message featured Céline and Chanelle Lemieux Lecavalier, a child with cystic fibrosis from Hull, Quebec. Hope for a cure or effective control for cystic fibrosis and urgency for sustained public support to realize the goal.
Céline generates significant revenues for cystic fibrosis research and treatment from Canadian and international sources. She has generously donated appearance fees from concerts and guest appearances. In 1996, Céline helped us secure an important new sponsorship with Royal Airlines.
There is no doubt that Céline's popularity in Canada and internationally benefits the CF cause. As Céline reaches an even larger world audience, she appeals to the generosity of her fans. Her involvement moves us one step closer to a cure or control for this devastating disease.