français FR

about cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. At present, there is no cure.

CF causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of CF severity differs from person to person; however, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of the lungs and loss of lung function, will eventually lead to death in the majority of people with CF.

Typical complications caused by cystic fibrosis are difficulty digesting fats and proteins, malnutrition, and vitamin deficiencies because of the inability to absorb nutrients, progressive lung damage from chronic infections and aberrant inflammation, CF-related diabetes, and sinus infections.

It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has CF. More than 4,370 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized CF clinics.


Find your school

why shine for cf

Shinerama is Canada’s largest post-secondary fundraiser in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. Over 35,000 student volunteers from about 40 Canadian universities and colleges across the country come together every year to make a difference in the lives of those battling cystic fibrosis (CF). Student volunteers all over Canada are shining shoes, flipping burgers, washing cars, and doing whatever it takes to raise crucial funding to fight cystic fibrosis. This national event puts the “fun” in fundraising!

Since 1964, Shinerama has raised over $28 million for life-saving CF research and care. We want to extend our heartfelt gratitude to all past and present Shiners. The support from Shinerama schools and students over the past 56 years has been instrumental in advancing the battle against this devastating disease.

As the event continues to gain momentum, so do our research efforts and the progress we’ve made in the search for a cure or control for CF. A child diagnosed in the 1960s was not expected to live long enough to attend kindergarten. In 2018, the median age of survival is currently estimated to be 52.1 years of age.

The fight against cystic fibrosis is far from over. Of the Canadians who died in 2018, half were under the age of 33.0.

We rely on the generous support of our volunteers, donors, and partners in our shared mission to improve the lives of Canadians living with CF, and to ultimately find a cure or control for this devastating disease. Register, fundraise or donate to Shinerama today to help Canadians living with CF live longer, healthier lives.

key dates

15.05.20 - 18.05.20

Shinerama National Leadership Conference
Fun-filled weekend to network with Shinerama leaders from across the country, learn more about cystic fibrosis and how to run a successful Shinerama campaign!

29.08.20 - 31.08.19

During the month of September, Shinerama universities and colleges will host Shine Days! Student volunteers from across Canada will head out into their local communities to raise money by hosting BBQs, running car washes or busking in public places in support of the fight against cystic fibrosis.

Alumni Network

Your connection to Shinerama and CF Canada doesn’t have the end once you graduate. The new Shinerama Alumni Network is specifically designed for you and other past Shiners who want to stay involved with Shinerama and CF Canada after graduation. The Shinerama Alumni Network will provide members with:

Interested in joining this new and exclusive network? Then fill out the form below and continue your involvement with Shinerama and CF Canada!

Please insert you first name
Please insert you last name
Please insert you email address
Please insert Shinerama school name
Please indicate years participated