Folks of all ages banded together to walk at the KinPark on Saturday with others across the country, as a step in the effort of making Cystic Fibrosis a thing of the past.
The event in Estevan was organized by Kasey McIntyre, who's 9 year old son Liam has battled with the condition since he was six weeks old. It's resulted in too many trips to the clinic in Regina to count for the family, but it hasn't kept the kid down. Ever since, McIntyre has made it a mission to fight for a cure, including raising funds in the community such as the one on the weekend.
"It's been a lot of work. I started working on it since January, and then formed a committee between the Kinsmen and Kinettes. We've been working at it bit by bit every day," she said.
Guest speakers to kick off the walk included Souris-Moose Mountain MP Dr. Robert Kitchen, City Councillor Dennis Moore representing the Mayor, and Kelly Thompson from Carnduff, who's son Brayden has also had CF since he was five.
"Our total is $14,057.35, and I consider that a huge success because at the previous walk there was only 23 participants. We had over 45 (this time), we had five teams, we've never had more than one team come out. In 2016, $2,600 was raised, and all I wanted to do was raise three thousand, just to do a little bit more, get a little more participants, a little more engagement. Then someone said that a really good turnout is when you plan three events," explained McIntyre.
And the latter sure worked out, as the pancake breakfast, walk, and then BBQ lunch along with a raffle supplied by the sponsors more than doubled the number of participants and tripled the money raised. All proceeds go towards Cystic Fibrosis Canada in an effort to find a cure.