The annual Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History, hosted by the Swift Current Kinsmen and Kinettes, will take place on Sunday, May 28, starting from Riverside Park and going along the Chinook Pathway.
This year’s event will once again raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada to help fund research and help the thousands of Canadians living with this fatal genetic disease live longer, healthier lives and access life-saving treatments.
“Most of the provinces have accepted and held funds for a new drug called Trikafta, which really helped to treat 90% of the Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis,” said Ben Laviolette, a member of the Swift Current Kinsmen Club and organizer of the event. “It’s a real boost for their system, it helps the process that they have issues with that affects the lungs and digestive system. That’s where the money is going to, mainly to fund research and help people like this.”
More than $7500 was raised by over 60 people at last year’s walk, which was held in person for the first time since 2019.
“I believe we have about three or four families in the area that have people affected by CF,” Laviolette added. “We make it almost like a public event our families and it’s kind of a gathering, too, for everybody to see each other again year after year, and we are definitely trying to help these people out.”
Registration for the walk is available online or you can sign up in person at Riverside Park starting at 8:00 am. The walk will begin at 9:00 am and there will be a free barbecue and prizes for the participants afterwards.