Leila Sturgeon

Bus full of locals participating in Nanaimo’s CF Great Strides fundraising walk

Port Alberni baby born with CF is why about 30 people are participating in this annual walk to raise funds towards finding a cure.

Port Alberni will be well-represented with a group wearing “Team Ethan” T-shirts at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides fundraising walk in Nanaimo this Sunday.

About 30 people will be bused in to participate in this walk at Westwood Lake in support of Leila Sturgeon and Keith Ellwood’s nine-month-old baby Ethan who was born with cystic fibrosis (CF). CF is a fatal genetic disease that causes lungs to fill up with mucous and prevents the body’s absorption of nutrients from food.

“I’ve got a bunch of my friends, friends’ friends, parents, friends’ parents coming out to support us,” Sturgeon said. “We joined the Nanaimo walk because there isn’t one in Port and Nanaimo is the closest one.”

According to the CF website on Friday morning, the team has raised $3,215 and Sturgeon is confident they will raise at least $4,000.

Donations can be made by visiting www.cysticfibrosis.ca/greatstrides and by searching Team Ethan under team search and Nanaimo as the location.