UBC Fighting Cystic Fibrosis.
Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser involving students at almost 60 university and college campuses across Canada. While Shinerama began in 1964 as a shoe-shining campaign during Orientation week, it has since grown to include a wide variety of shining and non-shining activities under the Shinerama Banner. The proceeds of this fundraiser go towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada, in hopes to find a cure or a way to control cystic fibrosis. The University of British Columbia has been involved in Shinerama since 1995. Our goal this year is to raise $35,000, with your help and support we can have a record breaking year!
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is the most common, fatal genetic disease affecting young Canadians. Cystic Fibrosis affects mainly the lungs and the digestive system. In the lungs, Cystic Fibrosis causes breathing problems. A build-up of thick mucus makes it difficult to clear bacteria and leads to cycles of infection and inflammation, which damages the delicate lung tissues.
In the digestive tract, Cystic Fibrosis makes it extremely difficult to digest and absorb adequate nutrients from food. Thick mucus also blocks the ducts of the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food. Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis must consume a large number of artificial enzymes (on average 20 pills a day) with every meal and snack, to help them absorb adequate nutrition from their food. They must follow a demanding daily routine of physical therapy to keep the lungs free of congestion and infection.
Visit Cystic Fibrosis Canada to learn more.
Help us reach our 2012 goal of $35,000.
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