Crossfit Winnipeg hosts fundraiser, fights cystic fibrosis through exercise

Fundraising for Cystic Fibrosis Canada by doing CrossFit. Michael Draven/ Global News

Getting in shape is on a lot of people’s minds in January, but for a group of local crossfitters, Saturday’s workout was about something else.

Crossfit Winnipeg helped host a fundraiser in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that can affect the glands that produce mucus and sweat, leaving many people with a buildup of fluids in the lungs.

From 12 pm until 6 pm, the crossfitters would begin a new workout on the hour.

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To participate, each person had to donate $60, with proceeds helping a Winnipegger affected by CF, Jeremy Vosbourgh, attend the first worldwide edition of the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History next spring in Peru.

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All the money raised will be going directly to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

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Vosbourgh says leading a healthy lifestyle and being active has helped him manage the disease.

“I have cystic fibrosis, and sometimes I find these workouts really difficult,” Vosbourgh said. “But I also find them quite rewarding and quite beneficial to my health, so it was kind of a way to get that out, that we can do hard workouts and that they’re worth it and they actually pay back.”

The goal is to raise a dollar for every person who has CF in Canada, or $4,200, but organizers say they’ve surpassed that.

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