Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association

May 15, 2006 15:32 ET

Annual Walk for Cystic Fibrosis: Bring the family and walk!

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - On Sunday, May 28, thousands of people will take part in more than 35 Great Strides(tm) walks - annual walks for cystic fibrosis (CF) - organized across Canada, including four in Quebec in Chicoutimi, Montreal, Quebec City and Rimouski.

Join us to support the thousands of Quebecois and Canadian children fighting CF. Join the Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association (QCFA), a provincial association of the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) and make a difference in the lives of the people who are threatened with this devastating, fatal disease.

"Amid the hustle and bustle of daily life, the Great Strides(tm) annual walk for cystic fibrosis is a wonderful way to spend time with the family," says René Coutu, President of the QCFA. "On Sunday, May 28, bring your children, your grandchildren, and your loved ones to the Great Strides(tm) walk. Enjoy a day together by participating with your family to fight against CF."

The family-friendly Great Strides(tm) walk is a perfect opportunity to introduce your little ones to the pride and compassion in supporting those in need, while spending quality time with your loved ones.

Sarah Dettmers, who has CF, has been walking for the cause every year in Montreal since the age of five. Now an adult, she has become an association volunteer. And every year, she gets several friends and family members to join the walk for cystic fibrosis.

Here are the walk routes in Quebec:

IN CHICOUTIMI: departure at 10:30 a.m.,
in front of the Loblaws store
Person in charge: Denis Quessy, tel.: 418-545-3614
Honorary chairman: Pierre-Yves Tremblay

IN MONTREAL: departure at 10:00 a.m.,
at the Centre de la nature de Laval
Person in charge: Julie Saucier, tel.: 514-383-8572
Visit from Marie-Eve Côté
of Star Académie in the afternoon

In Quebec City: Randonnée Anie-Marcotte and her walking rally:
Departure at 10:00 a.m. from Université Laval's
Pavillon Desjardins
Person in charge: Marielle Gamache, tel.: 418-653-2086
or 1-877-653-2086

IN RIMOUSKI: Departure at 1:00 p.m. in front
of the Zellers store
Persons in charge: André Mongrain, tel.: 418-722-9011
Louise Duval, tel.: 418-723-8216

All funds raised will be used to support Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) -funded research and treatment programs for cystic fibrosis. Since 1983, CCFF volunteers have worked with their provincial counterparts to join an annual walk with the aim of helping the CCFF to fight cystic fibrosis. Last year, the Great Strides(tm) walk grossed more than $660,000.

The CCFF is grateful to its proud partners and corporate sponsors for their support of the Great Strides(tm) walks. These include Hbc, Schneider Foods, American Airlines and Kin Canada.

Cystic fibrosis, which affects primarily the lungs and the digestive system, is the most common, fatal genetic disease among young Canadians. The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a Canadian-wide charitable organization with more than 50 volunteer chapters, which funds cystic fibrosis research and treatment.

In 2006, the Foundation will support more than 45 research projects, which are exploring all aspects of the CF puzzle; from investigating new methods of fighting infection and inflammation in the lungs, to finding new approaches in CF therapy that target the basic genetic defect in CF. The Foundation is a world leader in the fight against CF: the gene responsible for CF was identified in 1989 by a Canadian-led team of CCFF-funded researchers. When the CCFF was established in 1960, most children with CF did not live long enough to attend kindergarten; today, half of all Canadians with CF may be expected to live into their late 30s, and even beyond.

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