LUCKNOW – Cystic Fibrosis Canada (CFC) volunteers attended the Lucknow’s Music in the Fields festival held over three days in August, raising funds for much-needed research by holding a raffle for a new guitar signed by all of the performers participating in the event.
All 3,000 tickets sold during the festival raised over $10,000 for medical research including Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
Morgan Stock won the guitar, with ticket number 2850.
President of the Huron, Oxford, Perth, Elgin (HOPE) chapter of CFC Donna Yundt and lifetime volunteer at the London chapter Bea Crowley both have very personal reasons for being involved and spending their time doing events like this; both women have son’s with CF.
Baydon Yundt and Andrew Crowley both received a double-lung transplant, one of the few options available for those with advanced CF.
CFC website said, “Currently, double-lung, heart-lung, and liver transplants are the only definitive treatments for CF patients with progressive disease.”
Baydon lost his battle with CF on Oct. 19, 2019, after his body rejected the new lungs received in 2017, shortly after attending Lucknow’s Music in the Fields and presenting the signed guitar to that year’s winner of the raffle.
Andrew survived his 2015 double lung transplant and is now 35 years old.
What is CF?
CF is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.
CF causes various effects on the body but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of cystic fibrosis severity differs from person to person; however, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with the destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, will eventually lead to death in the majority of people with CF.
Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times