Cystic Fibrosis: A progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.
The trajectory to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis is an obtainable goal that we are close to seeing. We can't get there without your generosity and back in this fight.
The diagnosis of this disease has crushed us, changed our lives, and destroyed us in every way possible while simultaneously building us back up and molding us in to stronger people. The pain of hearing the words that your child has an incurable fatal disease is absolutely debilitating.
And we aren't taking 'sometimes 30'. And we aren't built to back down.
So here we are, and here will stay, asking for your love and support for the center core fight of our life and that is being part of helping us so that Grahym can say she USED to have Cystic Fibrosis. Fighting with us so that our daughter can breathe easy. Fighting with us so that 30,000 can breathe easy.
Here will stay year after year until we crush this monster. Our goal is that parents won't have to hear or experience the debilitating pain of CF in the foreseeable future.
Maybe this year you will double down on a cause that is literally saving lives. When the cure comes for CF and this disease is eradicated - you can know you had a huge part in making it happen. Every single dollar counts and every single dollar is getting us there.
If you want to know where your generous donations went to last year, We are happy to inform you that it was able to fund ground breaking research that has helped create a triple combination modulator for 90% of people with CF - essentially producing a CFTR protein corrector and reversing the underlying cause of the disease at a cellular level (Please note this is not a cure) and is currently in phase 3 of clinical trial showing promising results. All financial information and pipeline development can be found on cff.org
People with CF spend 2 hours a day doing airway clearance and breathing treatments along with 40+ pills a day in order to breathe and stay healthy.
We’re making lemonade out of lemons. WE WILL WIN this war and nothing will be sweeter than when we cross the line of victory. Please join the fight.
Important note on Attendance at Foundation Events:
Infections can exacerbate CF symptoms and worsen lung function, so we ask attendees at Foundation-sponsored events to observe the following best practices to reduce the risk of germ transmission:
Regularly wash hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel.
Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your inner elbow.
Maintain a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection.
To further reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation’s attendance policy recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times while attending an outdoor Foundation-sponsored event. All Great Strides walks are non-smoking events.