• By: Keith Whittier

A Fashionable Round of Lawn Bowling for Cystic Fibrosis

All photos courtesy of Kara Taylor

Imagine being 13, and finding out that you only have 20 more years to live. Imagine nearly facing your death every time you catch a cold. That’s only a glimpse into Maxwell McGuire’s life with Cystic Fibrosis.

As guest of honour and returning champion, he charmingly shared his CF journey with the Lawn Summer Nights Ottawa  crowd last week. And while Max spoke, the poshly dressed teams patiently anticipated their next round of lawn bowling.

The event took place Wednesday, July 15, when the Elmdale Lawn Bowling Club hosted the 3rd annual Summer Nights tournament in support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada. This 4 week event is held in 7 major cities across Canada each July, and raises nearly $500,000 a year.

Cystic Fibrosis is the most common and devastating genetic disease diagnosed in children, mainly affecting their digestive systems and lungs. There is no cure. Life expectancy is now at an all-time high of 50 years. Survivors like Max, who were given a total of 30 years to live, have beaten their odds through innovative treatment methods. Max, a filmmaker and Cystic Fibrosis ambassador, helps raise awareness and funds around the world for CF research.

In the light-hearted retro tournament, CF doesn’t just stand for Cystic Fibrosis, but rather Canadian Fashion! Players are encouraged to dress their best and find a creative theme for their team. From Parisians and flapper girls, to Florida cool and lady prepsters, players don classic fashion looks from all decades.


This year, the Ottawa chapter hopes to raise $50,000. They are currently just $15,000 shy of their goal, sitting at $35,000.

To support the Lawn Summer Nights Ottawa initiative, donations can be made online here.