Events


Upcoming Events 2019

September Events

Clarke Walk for Pulmonary Fibrosis -- September 15, 2019
The Clarke Walk for PF takes place on:
September 15, 2019
Time: 11 am to 3 pm
Edworthy Park
5050 Spruce Drive
Calgary, AB T3C 3B2

Donate today and view the video here.

June Events

Bluenose Scotiabank Charity Challenge -- June 6-9, 2019
Bluenose Scotiabank Charity Challenge being held in Halifax, Nova Scotia – June 6th to 9th, 2019.

May Events

Robert Davidson -- May 1, 2019

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Founder Robert Davidson on May 1, 2019 at 71 years of age. He established the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in 2009, less than two years after his own diagnosis and a few months before receiving a double-lung transplant.

“There is no doubt that the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation owes its existence to the determination and hard work of Robert,” says Kirk Morrison, President of the CPFF Board.

“He was an inspiration to so many, including others living with IPF, their families, volunteers and researchers.”

“Everyone I have met in the PF community knows him,” says Sharon Lee, Executive Director of CPFF and its first paid staff member, hired last year. “He rallied everyone and gave them hope. He launched our website providing reliable information about the disease for Canadians living with PF. He raised funds for research and started the support groups that were so desperately needed.”

In 2018, the first two Robertson Davidson Fellowships were granted. And this year, research funding may top $1 million in total. He leaves a monumental legacy of awareness, information and hope for the pulmonary fibrosis community in Canada and around the world.

Born in England on May 24, 1947, Robert and his wife Heather immigrated to Canada, where Robert pursued a career as a Chartered Accountant and they raised two sons. He was also a senior level soccer referee. It was difficulties he experienced during fitness testing to retain this status that led to his diagnosis of IPF at 60.

Rather than give in to the disease and die, he decided to fight and live as normal a life as possible, borrowing from Winston Churchill, the mantra “Never surrender.” You can read his own account of his journey and accomplishments in establishing CPFF in his 2018 last annual report as President CPFF.

“We are all incredibly grateful for his monumental contributions,” says Kirk, “and we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife Heather, his sons, grandchildren and his many friends.”

Those who wish to honour Robert with a donation to CPFF, can do so online at:
https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/canadian-pulmonary-fibrosis-foundation/

Dixon Garden Funeral Home
166 Main Street
Markham, ON L3P 1Y3

Visitation on Sunday May 5th from 3 pm to 6 pm

March Events

Parkash event celebrates success -- March, 2019

(L to R) Parvinder, Ranjena and Narvinder Maloni with Sharon Lee celebrate $70,000 in fundraising success at a Montreal event last month.

Parkash Kaur Ahluwalia Maloni event celebrates success and raises more for research

As a thank you to donors, brothers Parvinder and Narvinder Maloni, along with friends and family, celebrated the success to date of their $70,000 fundraising efforts (half from donors and matched by the brothers) earmarked for pulmonary fibrosis research in honour of their mother Parkash.

Held on March 16 at Pür&Simple in Dorval, Quebec, 80 people attended the event, which raised a further $4,000, including a silent auction featuring a painting donated by Alain Boucher, himself a lung transplant recipient.

Parvinder Maloni believes it was his late mother’s intervention that sent him the life-saving gift of a donor lung on Mother’s Day, 2018, five years after his diagnosis with pulmonary fibrosis. It was a medical intervention that was not available to his mother Parkash Kaur Ahluwalia Maloni, when she succumbed to the same disease in 1997 at the age of 73.

“Our breath is life and my mother was the breath that gave life to her family and all the generations and friendships that came from her love. And even after death, she continues to watch over our whole family and she blessed me in my greatest time of need,” says Parvinder.

In honour of his mother, Parvinder established the Parkash Kaur Ahluwalia Legacy Fund with the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF). “The legacy will fund two $20,000 CPFF grant, enabling pulmonary fibrosis research,” said Kirk Morrison, CPFF Board Chair and President. “We are exceptionally grateful to everyone who contributed to this fund honouring Parkash Maloni, especially her two sons, who matched the support they gathered from other donors.”

Sikhs, like the Malonis, have a tradition called “seva,” which is displayed through philanthropic, voluntary and selfless service. Ranjena Maloni, Narinder’s daughter and a CPFF Board member, along with Anika Maloni, Parvinder’s daughter, expressed how proud they were of their fathers’ example of seva to their family and their community.

Parvinder’s parents from 1982 in Montreal

Parvinder, Narinder with their parents, India from 1962

Parvinder & Narinder with his mother and aunts; London, England from 1970

 


MP Frank Baylis

MP Frank Baylis attended an event to celebrate the success of the Legacy Fund held by the Maloni brothers in Montreal on March 16. You can view the statement by Frank Baylis clicking here.

 

 

 

 

 

January Events

Sharon's Posts -- January, 2019
Sharon’s Posts

Visit us on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheCPFF/

and view Sharon’s Posts page here:
https://cpff.ca/whats-happening/events/facebook-new-year-resolutions-campaign-for-2019


December 2018 Events

Facebook Christmas Campaign for 2018 -- December, 2018
The upcoming festive season is a time of giving. We give all sorts of things at during this joyous time of the year: we give our loved ones presents under the Christmas tree and kisses under the mistletoe; Father Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa give gifts to children all over the world; we give Christmas greetings to our neighbours and to our friends, and we give smiles to strangers. Christmas is indeed a very special time of year.

Visit us on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/TheCPFF/

and view the Campaign page here:
https://cpff.ca/whats-happening/events/facebook-christmas-campaign-for-2018/

Terry Hardy Fund -- December, 2018

The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation would like to thank and acknowledge the passion and contributions of Terry Hardy. Terry has arranged to end his life on Dec. 13/18 using the services of MAiD.

Read more of Terry’s story here.