SASKATOON – A Saskatoon school is lending a hand to complete the dream of a fellow student with cystic fibrosis (CF).
Hudson Marchewka, 16, has lived with autism and epilepsy his whole life. He was recently diagnosed with CF.
He started saving hundreds of bottles to earn enough money to take his grandparents on a trip to Thomas Land in the United Kingdom.
Marchewka had been granted his dream trip by the Children’s Wish Foundation, but that didn’t include the cost of his grandparents.
All of the bottles were then stolen earlier this month.
An anonymous donor covered the remaining cost of Marchewka’s flights and now his fellow classmates at E.D Feehan Catholic High School are lending a helping hand with a bottle collection drive.
Students have been saving up recyclables and dropping them off in the school bins by vending machines.
The public can drop off donations at the school’s front office until Friday.
Hudson’s mother says any additional funds raised will be given to local charities, like the Children’s Wish Foundation.
According to Health Canada, CF is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting the country’s children and young adults. It mainly affects the lungs and digestive system.
In Canada, it is diagnosed at a rate of 2.8 cases for every 10,000 births.
Although there is no cure, researchers have developed a number of medications and treatments.