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Saves for CF

The Peterborough Petes are proud to continue “Saves for CF”, a community initiative, sponsored by John Newman Contracting of Peterborough and GM Financial, that benefits Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

John Newman Contracting and GM Financial will each donate $1 for every save made by Petes goaltenders Andrew D’Agostini and Jason Da Silva during the 2013-2014 season to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Other local organizations have also joined the cause and have made donations along with those made by John Newman Contracting and GM Financial. So far this season, Petes goalies have made a combined 2,482 saves, raising $5,014 towards the fight against Cystic Fibrosis to date.

“We are big supporters of the Petes, and are proud to partner in another great community initiative” says Cindy Cross, President of John Newman Contracting. “We encourage other businesses and individuals to join us in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis” says Jack Cross, Vice President of John Newman Contracting.

“I am very excited and proud to be taking part in “Saves for CF” says Petes goaltender Andrew D’Agostini.  “In the past two years I have learned so much about Cystic Fibrosis through my friend, Anthony Romanelli.  It is a disease that nobody should have to go through and I have the utmost respect for the strength that people with CF have."

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure. CF is a multi-system disease, primarily affecting the lungs and digestive system. In the lungs, where the effects of the disease are most devastating, a build-up of thick mucus causes increasingly severe respiratory problems. It may be difficult to clear bacteria from the lungs, leading to cycles of infection and inflammation, which damage delicate lung tissue.

Mucus and protein also build up in the digestive tract making it difficult to digest and absorb nutrients from food. Large quantities of digestive enzymes (average of 20 pills a day) must be consumed with every meal and snack. As improved therapies have helped to address the malnutrition issues, virtually all cystic fibrosis-related deaths are due to lung disease.