There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. My cousin, Matthew Pozsgai, is one of those CF Warriors. I walk for him, and for everyone else who battles this life-threatening disease and fights every day just to breathe.
Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes the body to produce abnormally thick and sticky mucus. This in turn causes a variety of serious problems throughout multiple organs. In the lungs, it means clogged airways and high risks of infection, respiratory failure, inflammation, and many other complications. In the pancreas, it means digestive enzymes aren't released, preventing the absorption of food and nutrients.
For Matt, this means doing 5 inhaled treatments and chest physical therapy multiple times throughout the day just to clear his lungs. It means taking oral antibiotics and special vitamins just to stave off infection. It means taking 7 pills every time he eats just so he can digest his food. It means nights of being hooked up to a feeding tube for 8-10 hours to supplement the nutrition his body still couldn't absorb. It means 35 hospital stays in the last 9 years alone.
Growing up alongside Matt, I've seen how cystic fibrosis can rob a kid of the normal, active, healthy lifestyle we are all entitled to live. That hasn't stopped Matt from fighting back with all his might. It's a battle he never gets a break from.
Over the years, advances in science have made remarkable progress in both improving and lengthening the lives of those who suffer from this horrible disease. In 1955, children born with CF were not expected to live long enough to attend kindergarten. Now, because of groundbreaking research funded by people like you, half of all those with CF will live to age 37 and beyond. But half will not. Which means we still have a long way to go in our search for a cure.
I am fundraising to help add tomorrows to the lives of everyone living with cystic fibrosis, and I will continue to do so until "CF" stands for "Cure Found." Will you join me? Your donation, of any amount, will support groundbreaking research and medical progress towards finding a cure.