Local toddler’s diagnosis makes fun day meaningful

All proceeds from Edgewater's Family Fun Day will go towards
cystic fibrosis research.

Families wanting to have some good ol’ fashioned fun can head to the Edgewater Community Hall on Sunday (August 19) for the community’s 3rd annual Family Fun Day. The offerings of the day will include a tasty barbecue, hilarious family games, a dunk tank, horse rides and a silent auction, with all proceeds from the event going towards a very special cause, in honour of a special valley resident, 11-month-old Logan Podbrosky.

Logan was recently diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,  a genetic lung and digestive disease that causes sticky mucus throughout the body’s system and tends to be fatal. Luckily in Logan’s case, he has a rare genetic combination that pulls his case to the milder end of the spectrum.

“I think awareness needs to grow because I had no clue before he was diagnosed,” said Logan’s mother, Christina. “Unless somebody’s had it in their family, everyone goes, “Well, what’s cystic fibrosis?”

The annual fun day is normally organized by the Edgewater Recreation Society, but after Logan was diagnosed, Christina approached the group with the idea of making it an awareness-raising event for her son’s disease, as well as a fundraiser.

“We didn’t even know it was in our family,” said Christina. “Nobody still knows, we don’t know where it came from.”

Early childhood testing for cystic fibrosis only just began in B.C. in the last couple of years, and with early detection, many of the symptoms can be prevented. While Logan’s condition isn’t severe enough to warrant medication, most children diagnosed with cystic fibrosis must stay on antibiotics to counter the buildup of bacteria.

“We have to do physio on his chest twice a day, like percussion,” Christina said. “It’s our first time ever really talking about it.”

All proceeds from the event will be donated to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.

This year’s Family Fun Day is thanks to a collaboration between Christina and the Edgewater Recreation Society. Families can look forward to a hilarious time with games ranging from a dime toss and spin the wheel to the Edgewater special — chicken poop bingo.

The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m. The community hall is located at 4818 Selkirk in Edgewater.

For more information or to donate items to the silent auction, contact Christina at 250-347-0077. For more information on cystic fibrosis, visit www. cysticfibrosis.ca.