Thursday, 19 May 2011

Cystic Fibrosis

My Statement in the Legislature on May 18, 2011:

Mr. Speaker, for thousands of people living in communities throughout Canada, Cystic Fibrosis is very much a reality. Cystic Fibrosis is the most common, fatal generic disease affecting young Canadians today. While the vast majority of us take simple acts such as breathing for granted, most of those living with Cystic Fibrosis must undergo hours of physical and inhalation therapy each and every day. This is just one of the many physical hardships facing those living with the disease, Mr. Speaker, and it is why May has been declared Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month to help bring a greater understanding to those who live with it every day.

There is currently no cure for Cystic Fibrosis. In the 1960s, most children with Cystic Fibrosis did not live long enough to attend kindergarten. Today, half of all Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis are expected to live into their 40s and beyond. This could not have been done without the amazing fundraising efforts sponsored by Cystic Fibrosis Canada. The Great Strides walk, which takes place this month in communities across the county, and Shinerama, where post-secondary students from coast to coast collect donations every September for Cystic Fibrosis research. We must also recognize Kin Canada for their continued support in raising funds and awareness to help combat this disease.

It is through fundraisers and dedicated volunteers such as these that will one day help make CF stand not for Cystic Fibrosis, Mr. Speaker, but for ‘Cure Found.’  Mr. Speaker, it’s time to breathe new life into this disease.

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