Hey, everyone! Many of you on this page already know my little brother, Timothy, and know that he was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. To those of you who are new, welcome and THANK YOU for wanting to learn more about CF! Cystic Fibrosis (“CF”) is a genetic disorder than limits a person’s ability to breathe and absorb the necessary nutrients needed to grow. Many individuals require medications, breathing treatments, and sometimes lung transplants throughout their lifetime. There have been amazing advancements in medicine and science over the past few years that have doubled the life expectancy of CF fighters and made their lives just that much easier, but the fight for a cure is still far from over!
To my new faces, let me introduce my little brother and the reason we are fighting for a cure for CF! Timothy was diagnosed with CF when he was two years old. That may seem young; however, he was diagnosed late, and as a result, underwent major surgery at a very young age to remove one of the lobes in his lungs. He is now 14 years old and thriving! Each and every day of his life, Timothy is strapped into a vest, twice a day, that squeezes and shakes his body in an attempt to loosen up any buildup in his lungs and takes handfuls of medications to assist his body with its daily functions. Despite these setbacks, Timothy is a powerlifter, baseball player, gamer, and overall pain in everyone’s butts! He is loving and understanding and the best little brother we could have ever asked for.
We have been fighting for a cure for this disorder for 12 years now and each year, we are THAT MUCH CLOSER! All donations to Great Strides and the CF Foundation go directly to the fight for a cure (and are tax deductible). If you are unable to donate, please continue to educate yourself and those around you! The more awareness we bring to Cystic Fibrosis, the closer my little brother is to a life free of medications and machines. Thank you so much for your continued support! We love you!