My CF Climb Story
My son, Andrew, was diagnosed with CF as an infant. Early years with the disease were very trying for him and our family, multiple hospitalizations, frequent IV antibiotics and time away from friends and school. However, with the research funded by the CF Foundation advances have been made in drug development that now provide medicines that can correct the underlying disease process. These medicines have been life changing for Andrew and our family, no hospitalizations or IV antibiotics since beginning the new medicines! We are now hopeful that Andrew can lead a long, healthy life. Unfortunately, 10% of those with CF these medicines do not help. We will continue to fund raise until every person with CF has a meaningful treatment option and ultimately cure CF.
Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-shortening, genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S., which causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breath over time. Those living with this disease are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends, and co-workers – all struggling each day just to breathe and live normal, healthy lives.
Sixty years ago, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Foundation-based research and care, many people with CF are now living into their forties – achieving milestones once thought not possible, such as attending college, pursuing careers, and having a family of their own.
While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short. By participating in CF Climb, I am helping add tomorrows to the lives of all people living with CF today.
Please make a difference and support me by donating to my CF Climb fundraising campaign today!
Donate an amount that is meaningful to you, thanks.