On Thursday, April 14, 2011 the Summit Foundation hosted its 7th annual Awards Gala, The Lung Function, formerly known as Heroes Among Us. This gala supports research and treatment of cystic fibrosis – a deadly lung disease. The Summit Foundation also recently launched a new brand called the CeFfort to help bring Calgarians together to conquer cystic fibrosis. Right now, more than 350 Calgarians suffer from cystic fibrosis. Affecting mainly the lungs and digestive system, CF is a fatal inherited disease that has no cure. While comprehensive treatment programs have dramatically extended the life expectancy of persons with CF who are now living into their 20s, 30s, and even 40s, CF sufferers still face shortened lives.
Event chair Nicki Perkins, an adult living with cystic fibrosis, hosted a fabulous evening at the Sheraton Eau Claire. The event featured a live and silent auction, dinner, prizes, guest speakers, keepsakes and entertainment, including a Shaw vignette featuring Jann Arden shadowing her 11-year-old nephew, Ryan, while he attended his CF clinic.