There are approximately 30,000 Americans living with cystic fibrosis. They are moms, dads, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, friends and co-workers who struggle every day just to breathe. We walk for them and hope you will support us in our efforts.
What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?
-Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
What to expect:
-People with cystic fibrosis are at greater risk of getting lung infections because thick, sticky mucus builds up in their lungs, allowing germs to thrive and multiply. Lung infections, caused mostly by bacteria, are a serious and chronic problem for many people living with the disease. Minimizing contact with germs is a top concern for people with CF.
-People with CF need to work closely with their medical professionals and families to create individualized treatment plans. Each day, people with CF complete a combination of the following therapies: Airway clearance- to help loosen and get rid of the thick mucus that can build up in the lungs. Some airway clearance techniques require help from family members, friends, or respiratory therapists. Many people with CF use an inflatable vest that vibrates the chest at a high frequency to help loosen and thin mucus.
Inhaled medicines- to open the airways or thin the mucus. These are liquid medicines that are made into a mist or aerosol and then inhaled through a nebulizer. These medicines include antibiotics to fight lung infections and therapies to help keep the airways clear.
Research: When a group of parents started the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in 1955, they set their sights high -- to advance understanding of this little-known disease, to create new treatments and specialized care for their children, and to find a cure.
The CF Foundation has carried these goals forward and is working tirelessly to find lifesaving new therapies, and one day, a lifelong cure for all people living with this devastating disease.