Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association

May 15, 2006 16:50 ET

The 'Spring of Hope Ball' Raises $650,000 for Medical Research on Cystic Fibrosis

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - May 15, 2006) - The Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association (QCFA) is proud to announce that the Association's 23rd annual grand ball, the Spring of Hope Ball, raised $650,000 net in the fight against cystic fibrosis. This major fundraising event has surpassed all the previous established records. The funds will be devoted to medical research, to support specialized clinics, and to the CHUM-Hopital Notre-Dame lung transplant centre. The event took place on May 11 at Gare Windsor's Salle des pas perdus. More than 600 people attended the gala evening to support the cystic fibrosis cause.

The evening was organized under the auspices of the ball's honorary co-Presidents Lino Saputo, Jr., President/CEO of Saputo, and his wife Amelia Saputo. The honorary co-chairpersons spoke about the importance of the event: "Amelia and I have the same preoccupations and share the same convictions. For us, to support the Association is to contribute to a better quality of life for persons suffering from CF and to help us take another step toward finding a cure or a treatment that will curb the disease. We are very proud of this."

Mr. Saputo extended his heartfelt thanks to the members of the honorary committee for their remarkable work. Those members are Celine Dion, National Celebrity Patron; Mila P. Mulroney, Honorary Director, Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; as well as, Misters: Giuseppe Borsellino, President, Groupe Petra; Claude Bourque, Executive Director, QCFA; Francois Camirand, Vice-President, Commercial Banking, Quebec Area, Scotia Bank; Louis-Philippe Carriere, Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration, Saputo; Francois Castonguay, President and Chief Executive Officer; Francois Odermatt and Harry Weiss.

One of the highlights of the evening was the moving testimonial of a 25-year-old woman who has cystic fibrosis: "I have always known that my life expectancy was limited. When I was very young, it seemed certain that before I turned 30 or 40, researchers would have found the miracle cure and I would be cured. The thing I find the hardest now is knowing that I may not make my dreams come true."

Rene Coutu, President of the Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association, spoke to the assembled guests and restated the importance of research: "The Association celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with the theme, 25 Years of Fight and Hope! As president and as the father of two teens with this disease, I am convinced that advances in medical research, made possible in large part by our loyal donors and partners, will one day allow every person suffering from CF to live longer, or simply to live illness-free. Your support is essential for us to continue our fight."

The music for this gala was provided by The Showmen. A performance by Martin Stevens, conceived especially for the occasion, was much appreciated by the guests.

What is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that primarily affects the lungs and the digestive system. In 1960, the median age of survival for a person with CF was four years. Today, about 50% of persons with CF will have a chance to live to age 37. Yet so far, there is no cure or treatment for this terrible affliction. The key to success lies in raising funds for medical research. The lives of thousands of children and adults depend on it.

The goal of the "Spring of Hope Ball" ball is to give people with CF and their families the hope to make their dreams come true - the dream of one day living without illness.

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Caption:

The annual ball of the Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association (QCFA) "The Spring of Hope" raised a record-breaking amount of $650,000 net. The funds will be devoted to medical research and to support specialized clinics.

From left to right: the Co-Presidents of the Ball "The Spring of Hope", President and Chief Executive Officer of Saputo, Mister Lino Saputo, Jr. and his wife Amelia Saputo, accompanied by Mister Rene Coutu, President of the QCFA.

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Contact Information

  • Quebec Cystic Fibrosis Association
    Christine Lessard
    communications
    (514) 877-6161 ext. 224
    clessard@aqfk.qc.ca