Spring is a time of renewal, and because of that and the fact that our grandson Matthew was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis six years ago during a routine newborn screening when he was ten days old, each Spring I do what I can to help raise awareness of the debilitating disease. C..F. is a progressive genetic disorder which, as you may know, affects the, pancreas and other organs of the body. causes lung infections and, over time, limits the ability to breathe. Germs are particularly lethal as they lead to infections, inflammations, complications and often fatal repiratory disorders.
In the 1950's children with Cystic Fibrosis rarely lived to elementary school age, whereas now it is common for them to attend college, pursue careers, marry and have children. Today, 30,000 people in the U.S. and 70,000 worldwide, live with C.F., with 1,000 new cases being diagnosed each year. Thanks to research and development, 75 percent of these cases are diagnosed by the age of two, while more than half are 18 years old or older. Increased awareness, research and development have made it possible for great advances to be made!.
Like all Cystic Fibrosis patients, Matthew has been through a lot during his young life. His typical regime includes taking daily enzymes with each meal, costly medications, enduring three hour-long therapies daily to loosen the mucous in his lungs (more if he's sick), and multiple hospitalizations and surgeries, the most recent of which included the insertion of a feeding tube (to help him maintain an appropriate weight). Matthew takes it all in stride, but C.F. is a time-consuming disease that affects not only the patient, but all members of the family as well. He and his family are fortunate that they live not far from Children's Hospital of Milwaukee, which has a team of medical professionals who specialize in all aspects of the disease, and are dedicated to making life easier for the patients and their families.
We would appreciate your consideration in helping in whatever way you can, whether it be in prayers offered, walking with our team in Poulsbo's Great Strides Walk, or making a tax deductible donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, specifically "Team Matthew N.W." No amount is too large or too small! We hope and pray that all these things will work together to achieve the goal of assuring a longer, more robust life, and even a cure for Matthew and other C.F. patients! With your help, we're confident they will. Thank you!
The Drummond Family