MSU Shinerama: Going the Distance for Cystic Fibrosis

July 24, 2014 at 14:14 pm

With its beginnings in 1964, Shinerama is Canada's largest and longest running post-secondary fundraiser. Originating at Wilfred Laurier University, the event is run in order to fundraise for Cystic Fibrosis Canada, who fund research into developing a cure for cystic fibrosis (CF) and care for those with the disease. CF is the most common fatal genetic disease amongst Canadian children and youth, affecting an estimated 1 in 3600 children throughout the country. For this reason, Shinerama has become a national campaign, and raised over $25 million over the last 50 years. 

Currently, Shinerama involves over 60 Canadian university campuses, and McMaster has a long and proud tradition of supporting the campaign since 1965. For the past two years running, McMaster has raised the second highest amount of money for CF research and care, and last year was recognized as having the best Shinerama campaign overall, raising $139,534. This year, McMaster's goal is to raise $150,000 in order to help reach the national goal of $1,000,000, and much like Sylvester Stallone in the classic Rocky, we intend to go the distance.

Help us work towards making CF stand for cure found throughout the summer and on September 6th, during our Welcome Week Shine day. For more information about Shinerama, please visit the Shinerama service page, and if you are interested in donating to MSU Shinerama, feel free to check out our Shinerama Profile.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Shinerama Coordinator, Karissa Holyer, at

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