Swim-a-thon earns SFU a Julia award

April 3, 2008

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For 34 consecutive years, SFU’s aquatic centre has hosted an annual swim-a-thon in support of efforts by the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s (CCFF) Vancouver and Lower Mainland chapter to raise funds for cystic fibrosis (CF) research.

And last month the CCFF recognized the university for its ongoing support with its Julia Award, named in memory of Julia Herbert, a CF poster child from 1987 to 1989. Cystic fibrosis one of the most commonly inherited childhood-onset diseases. It primarily affects the lungs and digestive system, resulting in progressive life-shortening disability.

The SFU swim team doesn’t participate for pledges, but it makes the event enjoyable for everyone who does, painting faces, helping set-up and take-down and running relays for swimmers. Swim coach Liam Donnelly says the athletic department covers set-up and life-guarding costs for the event. Over the past three years, the swim-a-thon has raised about $40,000 for CF research.
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