Dear wonderful friends, students, and family members,
Thanks so much for helping to cure CF, a cause which is more important than anything in the world to our son Jacob and our whole family! We are agonizingly close to a cure, and the aim of the CF Foundation is to make sure that it is found now, before it's too late.
In case you don't know much about CF, here's a short guide: CF is a genetic disease in which a salt imbalance in the cells leads to thick, sticky mucus that results in lung and digestive problems. The most serious problem is that lungs can get colonized by bacteria that make comfortable homes in the warm, sticky mucus and cannot be eradicated by regular antibiotics. This leads to a cycle of infection and inflammation that can seriously impact lung function (ie breathing.)
The CF Foundation has made amazing progress in treating the disease. When Jacob was diagnosed, life expectancy was 18 years. Now, it's more than doubled - but that's far from a cure. Scientific research has led to all the advances people with CF have benefited from, and more needs to be done. For years, our family has been living by a simple equation: money = science = life. We appreciate every contribution that can help us reach our goal of curing CF now.
The contribution you make today will help add tomorrows to the lives of everyone with cystic fibrosis, by supporting life-saving research and treatment. We thank you for your contribution, from the bottom of our hearts!
Nancy and Matt
PS If you're nearby and can participate in the Santa Monica 5K Great Strides Walk on Saturday, June 1 at 9:30 am, please click Join Our Team. We'd be honored to have you walk with us!