My CF Climb Story
I love my mom. She is the strongest person I know. She is caring. She always seems to understand everything that happens in my life. She always puts my sisters and me first in her life. She guides and encourages us to be the best we can. She is a God-loving person. She does all of this while fighting a life-threatening disease.
My mom has Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a progressive genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in your lungs. This mucus affects the lungs, digestive system, and many other organs. CF is very rare. The only way you can get it is if both your parents are carriers. If they are both carriers there is still only a 25% chance of getting CF. Since my mom has CF I am a carrier. There are many genetic mutations of CF. These mutations make it very difficult to find a cure. A drug called Kalydeco is a treatment for one single genetic mutation. Only 4% of the CF population can be treated with this drug. The only thing we can do right now is to slow Cystic Fibrosis down.
Last year my mom had a bowel obstruction caused by CF. She was in the hospital for more than a week. She could have died. It was the scariest moment of my life. It was when I realized how deadly Cystic Fibrosis really is. I learned that CF can strike at any moment. It is nearly impossible to predict when CF will attack. The only way to stop Cystic Fibrosis is to cure it. This year will be my third year participating in the annual Chicago CF climb. I will be climbing with my aunt and uncle. We want to help find a cure. I really love my mom, and I don't know what life would be like without her. Every night I pray that CF will not take her away from me. Every night I pray for a cure. You can help fight Cystic fibrosis. One donation is a step closer to a cure. Please donate so we can one day win the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.