My CF Climb Story
Todd & Katie's son, Gabriel, has cystic fibrosis. This little 3 year old is so full of life and laughter and puts up with all the medication he has to take on a daily basis. Gabriel now has a feeding tube because he doesn't eat enough calories. When he does, his food needs to be dosed with a ton of salt because when people with CF sweat, their body can lose up to 10x the amount of salt than usual. Imagine that. :(
There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are just like you and me, except they struggle everyday just to breathe. Every morning, Gabriel needs to wear a chest therapy vest and nebulizer for 20 minutes. The vest looks like a life preserver with hoses that hook up to a machine that shakes his body and helps get the mucus loose so that it can be expelled. The nebulizer has drugs in it that help loosen the mucus in his airways so that the shaking is more effective. He doesn't like it, but it's so he can grow strong and keep his lungs healthy.
In the 1950s, the life expectancy for someone with CF was about 6 years old. Now it's in the late 30s. Gabriel should have more than that. Real progress has been made in the search for a cure, but there still is no cure for this devastating disease.
I climb for little Gabriel and his parents Todd and Katie, and hope you will support me in my efforts. Please support us!
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