In My Hands: A Story of Marfan Syndrome at CommFFest Film Festival


Thank you to all that came out and supported the Canadian Marfan Association at the In My Hands Event on Monday, September 27, 2010.

We were greatly honoured to have Brenda Siemer Scheider participate in the panel discussion to share her personal experiences in producing the film. Contributions from Dr. Timothy Bradley and Dr. David Chitayat from the CMA's Medical Advisory Board, Kyle Coburn, 13 year old Marfan patient, and Lindsey Rusche, a member and Marfan patient inspired the audience touched everyone's hearts. 

Thank you to our sponsors, donors, friends, and all those supported us by attending. A special thank you to our volunteers, Nancy Slater (Toronto Marfan Clinic Coordinator), Bonnie Tsui-Lowe, Katherine Whelan, and Mark Fairley; this special night would not have been possible without your generous gift of time!


The Canadian Marfan Association and COMMFFFEST Global Community Film Festival, in partnership with the Toronto Marfan & Connective Tissue Disorders Clinics, SickKids Hospital and Toronto General Hospital, and Sister Productions, are proud to present the Canadian premier of,

In My Hands: a story of Marfan syndrome


COMMFFEST Global Community Film Festival

September 27, 2010
St. Lawrence Hall
157 King Street East, Toronto, Ontario


6:00 – 7:00 pm    Silent Auction and Welcome Reception
7:00 – 8:00 pm    In My Hands: A story of Marfan syndrome
8:00 – 8:20 pm    Panel Discussion
8:20 – 8:50 pm    COMMFFEST Awards Presentation
8:50 – 9:30 pm    Closing Reception & Silent Auction Winners

A Panel Discussion with,

Dr. Timothy Bradley,               Cardiologist, Hospital for Sick Children
Dr. Tirone David,                    Cardiovascular Surgeon, Toronto General Hospital
Dr. David Chitayat,                 Geneticist, Mt. Sinai Hospital & UofT
Denis Bonin,                            Canadian Marfan Association President
Brenda Siemer Scheider,          Director and Producer, In My Hands
Kyle Coburn,                            13 year old Marfan patient

Silent Auction Items:

  •  "Golden Goal" Autographed Sidney Crosby Framed Photo at 2010 Winter Olympics Gold Medal Game, Canada Defeats USA
  • Official autographed Jose Calderon Toronto Raptors Jersey
  • Custom Made Micro-Suede Tall People Chair
  • $150 MyChrysalis Spa Gift Certificate
  • "Rainbow" paiting by Renata Shishkova
  • Long Legs Fashions Gift Certificates
  • 1 Hour Massage Therapy at Unique Rehab & Physiotherapy
  • Majesteas Gift Basket

Thank you to our Sponsors for Making this Event Possible

Call for SILENT AUCTION DONATIONS AND SPONSORS! If you would like to make a donation or become a sponsor, please contact the CMA today. Sponsorships are entitled to complimentary tickets, acknowledment in promotional material and our globally distributed Newslinks newsletter, and an official tax reciept. 

We invite the entire community to come together and take part in this special event that is guaranteed to educate and inspire the audience about individuals living with this serious genetic disorder. We encourage you to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by Marfan Syndrome by attending the event and through our various fundraising initiatives!

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