By Chris Gregory
Sept. 28, 2015
Kaylee Trabour will never forget the day she heard about the daily struggles of a cystic fibrosis patient.
It was Shine Day, Sept. 12, and a parent of two people with the disease talked about their struggles. It changed her perspective on life, Trabour said.
“It was one of the realest moments for me. It’s a real thing and people have to deal with this on a day-to-day basis.”
Trabour is the campaign coordinator for Shinerama and over the past months, she has helped raise thousands of dollars dedicated to the research and treatment of cystic fibrosis, a disease that causes production of thick mucis, leading to blockage of the intestines and breathing problems.
Shinerama partnered with Goji’s for a fundraiser Sept. 1, giving 20 per cent of its sales over a three-hour period to the campaign, Trabour said.
“They were wonderful to work with, it was a nice partnership. It was an awesome turnout, wonderful to see.”
Brad Pauley, the chair of Shinerama, said the turnout was something special, especially knowing it’s going to such a great cause.
“It’s a serious disease that is usually fatal if not treated, so that’s why it’s so important to raise this money.”
Shinerama has held 14 fundraisers this year. Shine Day raised $12,504. The total goal for the year is $20,000 and following the Goji’s fundraiser, they’re well on their way to surpassing, Pauley said.
Shinerama has been working directly with the UPEI student union to raise awareness about the fundraisers and the campaign, he said.
“They’re amazing at getting the word out. We have that aspect of it, which is amazing.”
Shinerma has evolved tremendously since its birth in 1961 and he has seen it grow in his time working with the initiative, Pauley said.
“We’ve gone from shining shoes to car washes to barbecues to Goji’s tonight, which is amazing. We’ve gone so far in such a short period of time.”
The feeling you get when seeing the money being raised makes it all worthwhile, he said.
“It’s a lot of work, but it’s a lot of fun as well. It’s a very emotional journey. I find it really rewarding when you see that we can make a difference.”