Campbell River CF chapter celebrates 25th anniversary

Participants in this year’s CF Bowl for Breathwho raised $50 got their name entered in a draw for sight-seeing ride with West Coast Helicopters. - Kristen Douglas/Midweek
Participants in this year’s CF Bowl for Breathwho raised $50 got their name entered in a draw for sight-seeing ride with West Coast Helicopters.
— image credit: Kristen Douglas/Midweek

The Campbell River chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Canada will celebrate its 25th anniversary on Saturday, March 12 at 6 p.m. at the Campbell River Museum.

The $20 admission includes appetizers, a beverage and the chance to hear guest speaker, Dr. Mark Chilvers, Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at BC Children’s Hospital speak about advances in the treatment of people with cystic fibrosis.

Dr. Chilvers graduated from the University of Leicester, UK.  He trained in paediatrics in Nottingham and Leicester.  In 1997 Dr Chilvers spent two years as a cystic fibrosis fellow in Leicester.  During this period he conducted research into ciliary function and completed a thesis entitled Human Respiratory Cilia for which he was awarded a Doctorate of Medicine.

Following this he undertook higher specialist training in respiratory paediatrics.  This culminated with a fellowship in paediatric respiratory medicine at BC Children’s Hospital.

In 2004 Dr Chilvers returned to the UK to take up a position as a consultant in cystic fibrosis and paediatric respiratory medicine at the University Hospitals of Leicester. However the lure of the West Coast was too strong and he returned in 2008 to work at BC Children’s Hospital as a respirologist in the Division of Paediatric Respiratory Medicine and to take over as the Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic from Dr George Davidson.

In addition to interests in respiratory paediatrics and cystic fibrosis, Dr Chilvers has a special  interest in non-CF bronchiectasis, clinical network development and the design of  educational programs.

Meanwhile, the 23rd annual Bowl for Breath in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada was once again a success.

Thanks to the 193 school aged children and adults who came out to bowl on the Feb. 5-6 weekend, over $8,200 was raised to help fund research for a cure for cystic fibrosis and necessary clinics across Canada.

Cystic fibrosis affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. It can make breathing a challenge and compromise nutrition. Most people with cystic fibrosis die from lung infection. In 1989, when the first Bowl for Breath was held, a person with cystic fibrosis was fortunate to live to finish high school. Today, thanks to improvements in medical care many people with cystic fibrosis live beyond their forties.

Over 40 bowlers raised $50 or more and qualified to get their names in a draw to win a Helicopter ride donated by West Coast Helicopters. Pinecrest School ranked top in fundraising bringing in over $1,200. Events like these make a big difference in the lives of people with cystic fibrosis” said Jo-Ann Wallis, Campbell River Chapter President. Even though Wallis lost her brother to cystic fibrosis at a young age, she appreciates the medical advances that have been made because of events like the Bowl for Breath. “Cystic Fibrosis Canada works hard to make the lives of people with cystic fibrosis better. Knowing that they have support gives families struggling with the disease hope for the future”.

“The Campbell River Chapter of Cystic fibrosis Canada would like to extend their thanks to West Coast Helicopters, McDonald’s, Zellers, The C.R. Kinsmen, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Canadian Tire, Superstore, Save On Foods, Kidlets, Little Ceasars, Strathcona gardens, Intersport, and Landmark Theatre for helping to make this event possible,” Wallis said. “Special thanks to all the bowlers who came out for some fun while supporting a good cause-breathing life into the future of those coping with cystic fibrosis.”

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