Partnership with Cystic Fibrosis
Kin Canada is a proud national partner of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Each year Kinsmen and Kinettes host a variety of fundraising and awareness building activities in support of the cystic fibrosis (CF) cause. As of August 2012, Kin members have raised over $40 million for cystic fibrosis research and patient care.
The committed partnership between Kinsmen, Kinettes and Canadians with cystic fibrosis (CF) began in 1963 with a conversation between Dr. Douglas Crozier, then director of the Cystic Fibrosis Clinic at The Hospital for Sick Children, and Kinsman Bill Skelly.
During this chance meeting, Dr. Crozier spoke to Bill about his young CF patients. This conversation left Bill interested in joining the fight against CF and he invited Dr. Crozier to speak at the North York Kinsmen Club. Almost immediately, the North York Kinsmen enthusiastically backed the cause. Before long, involvement spread nation wide and in 1987, Kin Canada formally adopted CF as a National Service Project.
Kin Canada and Cystic Fibrosis Canada have shared in many exciting accomplishments, including the discovery of the gene responsible for CF in 1989. This discovery would not have been possible without the tremendous help of Kin.
Each year across Canada, friends, family and co-workers of people with cystic fibrosis lace up their walking shoes to participate in the CARSTAR Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History. It's Cystic Fibrosis Canada's largest national fundraising event. Hundreds of Kin Canada members, including The Kinette Club of Spruce Grove, participate each year.