Ben is a funny, loving, energetic little boy with a chronic lung disease called cystic fibrosis (CF).
CF is a genetic illness that affects the lungs, sinuses, digestive system, and reproductive system. As little as 50 years ago, CF patients did not live to see elementary school. Thanks to fundraising efforts like Great Strides and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the median life expectancy for someone with CF is 47 years. This is still not enough.
In order for someone to be born with CF, his/her parents must both be carriers of a CF-causing gene. Approximately 1 in 30 Americans is a carrier of the CF gene, and like us before Ben's diagnosis, most have no idea.
There are many new therapies and medications in the pipeline right now, but there is currently no cure for CF. This doesn't work for us, so we intend to fight until that changes.
Please join us. Every little bit helps. "Like" our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bensbrigadeslc, follow us on Instagram @bensbrigade, make a donation, join our team, or just help us spread the word.
Foundation-Sponsored Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings
The Foundation is closely following the evolving coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assess whether we need to change any scheduled events.
To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection. Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact, as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function.
To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation's attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to attend the indoor portion of a Foundation-sponsored event at a specific time. For the outdoor portion, the Foundation recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times.