The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History involves walks in Metro Vancouver. It raises money to help fight CF which is a life-threatening disease.
The walk is one of a couple of fundraising events benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Canada in the Lower Mainland. Another one is GearUp4CF which is a bike ride in June. Funds raised at both events help the charitable organization in its search for a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF).
The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History helps Canadians with the CF disease. The event is a virtual or in-person walk in both New Westminster and Pitt Meadows on May 28th in 2023.
For full details about the event, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Walk website.
Vancouver Fundraising Walks for Cystic Fibrosis
The Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History is an annual event for a great cause. The walk celebrates and supports Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. The event is very accessible and easy to join. It’s a fundraiser that helps fund important research and care for people with the disease.
The 19th annual Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History takes place in 2023 on Sunday, May 28th. Continue reading for more information about this year’s event.
There are two ways to participate in the 2023 walk. People can join a local in-person walk or walk in a “virtual” format.
The in-person walks happen at set times at various locations. Folks can register as individuals or as a team. If you register as a team, you’ll need at least four other people to join you. You’ll also need to fundraise at least $1,500.
Those who can’t make it to any of the locations, or those who prefer walking on their own time, can also participate in a virtual format on the day of the event. The goal in all cases is to raise money in support of the cystic fibrosis community.
In-Person Walks in 2023
There are five different in-person walks in British Columbia this year. The two in the Metro Vancouver region take place in New Westminster and Pitt Meadows on May 28th. There are also walks in Kamloops, Campbell River and Victoria.
Pitt Meadows Walk
The in-person walk in Pitt Meadows happens at the Pitt River Regional Greenway at 11208 Harris Road. Registration opens at 9:30 am and the walk begins at 10:00 am. Organizers expect somewhere around 75 or so participants this year.
For more information or to register online, click Pitt Meadows Walk.
Despite its name, the Vancouver Walk doesn’t take place in the City of Vancouver. Instead, it’s held at Ryall Park, located along Salter Street in New Westminster. This in-person walk features more activities than the one in Pitt Meadows, and probably around 200 participants.
There’s a pancake breakfast at 8:30 am, which is also when check-in opens. The opening ceremonies kick off at 10:00 am and the walk begins shortly after, followed by an awards ceremony at 11:00 am.
At the Vancouver Walk you’ll also likely find lawn games, bubble-making machines, sidewalk chalk drawings and more. Ryall Park has a playground and spray park as well, which is especially nice for young folk if the weather is good on the day of the event.
To register online or learn more about the event in New Westminster, click Vancouver Walk.
GEARUP4CF BIKE RIDE
Another event related to the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History is the GearUp4CF Bike Ride. It too is a fundraising event benefiting Cystic Fibrosis Canada and the search for a cure for CF. Whereas the one event is a walk, the other involves a non-competitive cycling ride. GearUp4CF takes place on June 17th, which is the Saturday of the Father’s Day Weekend in 2023. For full details and to register for the event in June, visit gearup4cf.com.
About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic fibrosis is a rare and life-threatening disease. It’s a genetic disorder that produces a thick mucus in the body and causes serious problems. Cystic fibrosis can affect several organs including the lungs, kidneys and pancreas. Unfortunately, there is no known cure for the disease. However, treatments are available that prolong and improve the lives of patients.
Funds raised at the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History go towards research, access to drugs and overall improvements of cystic fibrosis health care. The non-profit organization behind the event is Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Almost as many as three in every 10,000 children born in Canada have cystic fibrosis. Approximately 4% of Canadians have the gene that leads to cystic fibrosis. It’s a recessive gene, which means both parents need to have the same defective CF gene for their child to potentially develop the disease. If both parents are a carrier of the gene, the child has a 25% chance of developing CF and a 50% chance of becoming a carrier themselves.
In British Columbia there is also a 50/50 fundraiser from April 7th to May 29th. If you win, half of the money is donated while the other half of the money is yours. Tickets are available on the Raffle Box website.
For more information about the walk in general, visit the Cystic Fibrosis Walk website. To learn more about the two in-person walks in the Lower Mainland, click Vancouver Walk or Pitt Meadows Walk.
Other articles that might be of interest include the following:
- GearUp4CF Bike Ride
- Vancouver Marathons and Running Races
- Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver
- Lower Mainland Parks and Nature
- May Calendar of Events