The face of cystic fibrosis today shows the incredible progress we are making in the battle against this disease. Sixty percent of Canadians with cystic fibrosis are adults, with 40 percent surviving into their 40s and beyond. This remarkable progress is the result of the generosity and commitment of volunteers, partners, donors and high-profile champions who raise awareness about this devastating disease.
We are thrilled to announce that Ben Mulroney, anchor of Canada’s #1 entertainment show ETALK, is our new National Ambassador, who will help raise national awareness on a national stage about cystic fibrosis to help drive the crucial funding needed for life-saving CF research and care.
Canadians from coast-to-coast tune-in each weeknight to watch Ben on CTV’s ETALK, where the internationally recognized anchor, and the rest of the team at ETALK, interview an endless A-list of celebrities from around the world, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s incredible Celebrity Patron of 32 years, Céline Dion. A veteran of entertainment reporting for more than a decade, Ben reports from the biggest red carpet events, including the OSCARS®, GOLDEN GLOBES®, JUNO Awards, and The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Ben was also a contributor for the Weekend Edition of the popular EMMY® Award-winning morning news program, GOOD MORNING AMERICA (GMA), and host of CANADIAN IDOL for six seasons.
Ben’s commitment to our great CF cause has deep, early roots. A father of three small children himself, Ben continues a quarter-century long family legacy in the fight against cystic fibrosis. Ben’s mother, Mila Mulroney, was Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Honorary Chairperson for many years, who brought hope, inspiration and raised CF awareness and vital funding for CF research and care. In fact, Mrs. Mulroney organized some of the most successful fundraisers in the history of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
As the next generation of CF champions, Ben’s first mission will be to spearhead raising national public participation in our Great Strides™ walk and calling on a new generation to support our great cause. He will be our 2014 National Great Strides™ walk Honorary Chair, championing our flagship national walk taking place in almost 70 communities across Canada on Sunday, May 25. This national event is our largest fundraiser, bringing in more than $3.2 million every year.
It is only through the tremendous commitment and generosity of our great champions like Ben, that we can continue to breathe life into the future for Canadians with cystic fibrosis. With Ben’s support, we continue to pave the way to a cure or control for this devastating disease.
Join us in thanking and welcoming Ben, Our New National Ambassador. Follow Ben on Twitter, @BenMulroney.