About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is a chronic, genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. Cystic Fibrosis causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that leads to potentially life threatening lung infections and/or prevents the body from releasing an enzyme from the pancreas which allows the body to break down food and absorb nutrients. In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Advances in research and medical treatments funded primarily by the CFF have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Today, the average life expectancy is about 41 years old and an amazing 55% of individuals with CF now have a drug that fixes the underlying problem that causes CF at the cellular level.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. They fund more CF research than any other organization, and nearly every CF drug available today was made possible because of Foundation support. The CFF is a nonprofit donor-supported organization dedicated to defeating this progressive, degenerative disease. The CFF supports the development of new drugs to fight the symptoms of CF, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind. More than $.90 of every dollar donated goes directly to research.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was created in 1955. Their mission is “to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.” The CFF is tireless and laser sharp in their focus and accomplishing their mission, one gene type at a time. Best of all, they’re committed to seeing this through to the end with the President of the CFF stating, “We will not rest until we find a cure for all people with Cystic Fibrosis.”
To learn more about CF or The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, visit their website http://www.cff.org/