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Two Local Volunteers Win National Awards From Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Tuesday April 30th, 2013, 8:16pm


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Two local Essex County volunteers received recognition for their hard work this past weekend from Cystic Fibrosis Canada at the Annual General Meeting in that was held here in Windsor.

Christopher Beausoleil of Tilbury was the recipient of the Summerhayes Award. This award honours a person with cystic fibrosis who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the cystic fibrosis cause. Christopher is 25 years old and attends the Odette School of Business at the University of Windsor. He and his family have been active with the organization for 20 years. Christopher volunteers for various event, fundraises in his community and at school and speaks at various events in the community. In addition to his work with Cystic Fibrosis Canada, he is also an active member of the Kinsmen Club of Tilbury and is currently the 2012-2013 Kin-CF Zone Director.

Dennis Stutt, of Tecumseh was the recipient of the “Breath of Life Award” which is presented to The Breath of Life® Award recognizes outstanding and long-term contributions to a Cystic Fibrosis Canada chapter in a leadership capacity by an individual, couple or family. Dennis has been involved with Cystic Fibrosis Canada as a member of Kin Canada and in 1999, joined the local chapter of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Since this time he was President for three terms, lead various fundraising efforts in our community and continued to build relationships between Kin Canada and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

The local chatterer Cystic Fibrosis Canada – Essex-Kent Chapter was also recognized. They were awarded the Public Awareness Award for their media partnerships, marketing, and presence in the community, social media activity and promotions through e-mail and community partnerships.

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease that affects Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. Each week in Canada, two children are diagnosed and one person dies from this disease.

Award recipient, Christopher Beausoleil dreams of the day a cure will be found. “I was diagnosed at 5 years old and since then I have faced the daily challenges presented by cystic fibrosis.”

“I’m living my life just like any other normal student,” says Christopher Beausoleil. “Improved therapies and the support of our local CF clinic in Windsor and London help with that is proof that progress is possible. The support of the community in May is crucial. You never know when the next research breakthrough will happen.”

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