Kin Canada’s $40 million achievement in CF fight caps day of recognition
Thursday, November 15, 2012 (Toronto, ON) — Cystic Fibrosis Canada celebrated the contributions of thousands of donors and CF partners on National Philanthropy Day today — and one major achievement by their national partner of 48 years, Kin Canada.
“When Cystic Fibrosis Canada was founded in the 1960s, a baby diagnosed with cystic fibrosis wasn’t expected to live long enough to attend kindergarten,” said Maureen Adamson, President and CEO of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. “Today, with the support of national partners such as Kin Canada, and thousands of donors and volunteers, half of Canadians living with cystic fibrosis will live to see their forties and beyond. None of this would be possible without the generous spirit of philanthropy in Canada.”
The day to celebrate philanthropy arrived just as Cystic Fibrosis Canada congratulated Kin Canada on a significant milestone: $40 million raised over 48 years for the fight against cystic fibrosis.
“This is our chance to say ‘thank you’ to our inspiring volunteers and donors,” said Adamson. “The difference you make in the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis is enormous, and gives us a reason to pause and celebrate these accomplishments on National Philanthropy Day.”
Cystic Fibrosis Canada released a video message to thank and acknowledge the Canadian philanthropists whose generous donations of time and funds keep the organization energized and focused. Together, our sights are set squarely on finding a cure.
Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. It is a multi-system disease that affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. In the lungs, where the effects are most devastating, a build-up of thick mucus causes severe respiratory problems. Mucus and protein also build up in the digestive tract, making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. As improved therapies have helped to address the malnutrition issues, ultimately most deaths related to cystic fibrosis are due to lung disease. Currently, there is no cure.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Cystic Fibrosis Canada is one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis and is an internationally-recognized leader in funding CF research, innovation, and clinical care. We invest more funding in life-saving CF research and care than any other non-governmental agency in Canada. Since 1960, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has invested more than $140 million in leading research and care, resulting in one of the world’s highest survival rates for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit www.cysticfibrosis.ca.