Great Strides Walk for CF is on for May 26

Cassandra McInnes begins and ends every day by doing several hours of demanding physical and inhalation therapy to help clear her lungs and airways of the tenacious secretions that can make breathing difficult.

As well, she takes many different medications to help her digest her food and improve her nutritional status. It is essential that she include daily exercise in her regime and dances, walks her dogs and has recently taken up horseback riding.

McInnes has been doing the necessary treatments since she was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of eight months. She has grown up not knowing any different - dealing with CF has become a way of life for her and her family.

She lives in Gold River with her family and must travel to Vancouver for specialized care at the CF Clinic at St. Paul's Hospital at least every three months and has had to stay in the hospital for intensive treatment with IV antibiotics a few times. Read full story here