Saultites of all ages came out to the John Rhodes Community Track on Sunday morning for the fifth annual Make Cystic Fibrosis History walk, held by the Sault Ste. Marie Chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Over 4,100 people in Canada alone suffer from Cystic Fibrosis, and CFC SSM Chapter Media Coordinator Leah Senecal told SaultOnline she hopes walks like this continue to bring awareness and advocacy to this disease.
“Our walk today is one of over 60 locations doing it today,” she said. “(Doing this is) important; we need to bring awareness to what this disease is and we need to find a cure/control for CF.”
Michael Stone and his wife were two participants at Saturday’s event.The father of two sons with CF (ages 1 and 3) said they started participating in this walk after their oldest son was diagnosed three years ago.
“It’s an amazing event and we love doing it,” he told SaultOnline.
Stone said CFC SSM has been helpful to his family since the initial diagnosis and seeing the community come together to raise money for this cause is “very humbling.”
“It’s a fantastic community; the Sault’s always been known to really look out for its own and support a lot of the great causes, families, different things that affect a lot of people, so it’s an amazing feeling to see what the Sault is doing, but it’s also not actually that surprising to see what they’re doing,” he said.
All proceeds raised are going to CFC to assist in new research, innovation and advocacy. Approximately $99,000 has been raised locally in the last five years.