Throughout the month of November, we will be highlighting some of our dedicated donors and fundraiser volunteers. Read below to learn more about Randy’s involvement with CF Canada:
Could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Randy Howden. I am the Pharmacist and owner of the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Sunridge and Crowfoot, Calgary, Alberta.
I was on the Board of CF Calgary & Southern AB from 2012- 2014, which I enjoyed very much. Now, I participate through Wrapping for a Cure with my pharmacy team. We also sponsor the Princess Ball yearly, and participate in The Walk to Make CF History every year.
What is your connection to CF?
My son, Connor, was diagnosed with CF in 2009. The newborn screening missed the diagnosis, and he wasn’t diagnosed until he was 5 months old after being very sick and spending two weeks in the Alberta Children’s Hospital. It was quite a surprise and a shock to my entire family. We were not aware of a family history of the disease on my wife’s side, and although I had a cousin that had passed away from the disease in her 30’s, I had no idea that I could be a carrier of the CF gene myself.
Tell us about your experience as a donor. What has been the greatest highlight of supporting CF Canada for you?
I have really enjoyed sponsoring the Princess Ball in Calgary over the last number of years. I love to see all of the happy children enjoying a day centered around them, where they can dress up and be “pampered”. This event has grown every year since it was started, and is something that children love while raising funds and awareness for CF in our community.
Why do you think it’s important to support CF Canada?
CF Canada is an amazing voice to bring awareness to CF on a local and national level. It is more important than ever to have a strong voice to share our stories, struggles and successes in treating this terrible disease. We have amazing new therapies available now and more coming on the horizon. The important thing to me now is helping to make these therapies available and accessible to all Canadians with CF.
What will #aworldwithoutCF mean to you?
It would mean that my son, Connor, can live his life in good health and not have to worry about needing invasive surgeries, taking handfuls of pills every day or spending hours doing treatments to keep his lungs clear. We would not see his health slowly decline over the years. We could celebrate with our CF friends that we have met over the years and share our various CF stories about a time when there wasn’t a
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