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Sunday January 27th, 2013

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Arielle Grondin, a grade 11 student from Belle River District High School had recently been selected as the Runner Up for Canada’s Top Teen Philanthropist from Mackenzie Funds.

This award grants Arielle with a $500 donation to her favourite charity, Cystic Fibrosis Canada and a $500 educational scholarship. This award follows her Youth Award from Cystic Fibrosis Canada’s Ontario Provincial Association in November as well as receiving notice that she has been named one of the twelve finalists for the Ontario Junior Citizen of the Year Award from the Ontario Community Newspapers Association.

Arielle Grondin, lives with cystic fibrosis has been an advocate for other children living with cystic fibrosis as well as, the top youth fundraiser in Windsor-Essex. In just two years Arielle Grondin has raised over $10,000 in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Although Arielle leads many of the fundraising initiatives, she is surrounded by the support of her family, friends and teachers. Arielle was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth, she faces a demanding daily routine of physical and inhalation therapies to keep her lungs free from infection. She must also consume a large number of enzymes and other medications, about 30 pills a day, to help her body absorb nutrients from food, fight infection and provide her with additional vitamins that her body needs to stay healthy.

In addition, Arielle is active in the on-line community, and has even created a website as a forum for other children living with cystic fibrosis to communicate. She also hosts fundraisers like Caroling for Cystic Fibrosis, Music for Life and many more.  The local chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada nominated Arielle for this prestigious award. “The volunteers and families at Cystic Fibrosis Canada are proud to have such an inspirational young woman leading our crusade to find a cure and control for cystic fibrosis.

Although her battle with the disease is very personal, she extends her passion and knowledge to others while raising the much needed funds to find a cure and control for cystic fibrosis,” said Chantelle Foreman-Meadows, Development Coordinator at Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Essex-Kent Chapter. “Our organization is so proud of Arielle and her recent accomplishments. It is with amazing young volunteers like her that we are making great strides in fighting this disease. Arielle is always excited to bring awareness to the disease and the importance of raising funds to help those living with the disease.”

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