June 21, 2014 2:22 pm

Ride for cystic fibrosis research kicks off in Vancouver

Cystic fibrosis is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults.

Sharron Bates, Global News

The GearUp4CF bike ride kicked off in White Rock this morning.

The ride is 1,200 km nine-day bike ride from White Rock to Banff, Alberta to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

Three of the participants riding to Banff have cystic fibrosis.

“Far too many people continue to die at my age or younger from this disease. To change this, we need to keep pushing the pace of research and clinical treatments and for that to happen we need to keep raising funds and awareness for CF,” says 27-year-old Mike Hamilton.

Half of all Canadians who died of cystic fibrosis in 2012 were under 32 years of age.

Since 1960, the median age of survival for people with cystic fibrosis has risen from 4 to past 40 years of age.

Since its inception in 2006, GearUp4CF has raised over $1.25 million and the event continues to grow. For more information, click here

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