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The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History Goes to Machu Picchu
June 1, 2018

Machu Picchu Announced as 2019 Fundraising Event Location

TORONTO  (June 1, 2018) – Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s largest fundraising event, The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History, will go to new heights in 2019 with a trek to Machu Picchu in Peru. The week long journey begins on May 25, 2019 and is organized through Charity Challenge, the world's leading tour operator, running overseas fundraising challenges.

The trek to Machu Picchu marks the first international location for The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History, which takes place each year in over 70 communities across Canada. Only 30 adventurers will have the opportunity to register and raise funds for this once in a lifetime journey across the Peruvian Andes to one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

“The trek to Machu Picchu is an opportunity for participants to challenge themselves, visit one of the world’s most incredible sites, and support a cause that is on the brink of a major breakthrough,” said Bryna Dilman, Executive Director, National Events at Cystic Fibrosis Canada. “The funds raised from this event will be dedicated to research, critical care, and advocacy for those living with cystic fibrosis.”

With the support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s fundraising coach, each participant must meet a minimum fundraising goal of $4,200 to be eligible for the trek. In addition to the fundraising goal participants will pay $1,370 for the eight day trip, which includes accommodations, three meals a day, ground staff including guide, drivers, cooks and porters, first aid staff and supplies, equipment including tents, bikes and rafts as per the challenge activity, entrance fees to national parks and more. Flights are not included.

To register or learn more about the trek, visit: http://www.cysticfibrosis.ca/walk/2019/machu-picchu-location

 

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Cystic Fibrosis

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 also builds 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. 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 $253 million in leading research, care and advocacy, resulting in one of the world’s highest survival rates for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. For more information, visit cysticfibrosis.ca.

 

For more information, contact:
Nicole Young, Director, Corporate Communications
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Tel: 416-485-9149 ext. 235
Tel: 1-800-378-2233 ext. 235
E-mail: nyoung@cysticfibrosis.ca 

Jennifer Stranges, Associate, Corporate Communications
Cystic Fibrosis Canada
Tel: 416-485-9149 ext. 290
Tel: 1-800-378-2233 ext. 290
E-mail: jstranges@cysticfibrosis.ca 


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