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Spotlight: Mike Farwell

Mike Farwell is a radio personality in Kitchener who started Farwell4Hire – a month-long project each May where Mike offers his services for any odd jobs in exchange for a donation to CF Canada. The jobs Mike has done have included brewing beer, being a punching bag for self-defense classes, and cleaning the sheath of a horse! Farwell4Hire has raised over $300,000 for CF research!

What’s your involvement with CF Canada (are you a volunteer, donor, event organizer, participant etc.)?

I’m a volunteer with the KW chapter (Kitchener-Waterloo) and have been for more than a decade!

What is your connection to CF?

I lost two sisters to CF. My oldest sister, Luanne, passed away in 1993 at the age of 24. My youngest sister, Sheri, passed away in 1994 at the age of 18.

What has been the greatest highlight of supporting CF Canada for you?

I’m continually amazed at how our little office in Kitchener works. Much of the credit for that goes to Sue, our chapter administrator. But it’s truly amazing how much is accomplished from our small office with so little staff. We’re like the little office that could! But it seems every time we turn to our community for support in one of our fundraising initiatives, the community responds in a big way. We’re very fortunate to have such strong local support from car dealerships to credit unions, not to mention residents of our community who give so much.

 

Why do you think it’s important to support CF Canada?

For me, it’s almost a sense of duty. I owe it to my sisters, who did so much in their comparatively short time on Earth. My oldest sister, Luanne, looked after every child in our neighbourhood as a babysitter/nanny. And Sheri was the life of the party, bringing joy to everyone she met with a huge smile, endless energy, and a contagious laugh. It’s very important for me to honour their memory and, more than anything, I want other families living with CF right now to have a different outcome than our family. I really believe we can find a cure.

What will #aworldwithoutCF mean to you?

A world without enzymes. A world without treatments. A world without the chronic, unmistakable cough that indicates CF is present. And it will mean that all of our hard work will have been worth it. I’m so very impressed by the work that CF Canada does, and the team of researchers that works so tirelessly. It makes me very proud to be a volunteer with CF.

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