From Mary - 17 I’m in the 11th grade. I am asking you to help me out again this year as I raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
I was just in the hospital for a few weeks due to complications with my cystic fibrosis. Please consider donating to help me find a cure!
I have a fatal disease called Cystic Fibrosis. CF makes it harder to do things because it causes a lot of extra, thick phlegm in my lungs. It makes it hard to breath and can damage my lungs permanently. It also prevents my enzymes from reaching my digestive system, so I have to take them in pill form to digest my food. Having CF also means I have a very weak immune system. It is easy for me to get sick, and when I do, it is hard to get better. I need to do several breathing/vest treatments a day to keep myself healthy. Last year I had an ABPA flare up for the 3rd time and the medications needed were really hard on my body. The doctors don't know exactly how to get rid of this, and more research is very important to treat it effectively. I have two of the more rare mutations. and many current medications do not benefit me, so I depend on new research. Please help me raise money to find a cure.
Click on the yellow arrow next to my picture above to see my video or right here on this you tube site: https://youtu.be/qzFfByz2Wcs
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems. A defective gene causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and obstructs the pancreas leading to life-threatening lung infections and the inability to digest food. The cause of death is usually lung failure.
When Mary was very young, the life expectance for those with CF was about 18. However, due to research and advances from the CFF, many people live to their upper 30s! This is still hard to accept, and we will do everything we can to help her live a full, longer life.
The Great Strides walk is May 18th at Suwanee Town Center Park. Our family is going to participate virtually. Please donate to help find a cure! You can donate here by clicking on the donate button above or send a check made out to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to us….The Rankins, 1480 Land O Lakes Dr. Roswell, GA 30075 and we will turn it in for you.
Bryan, Kim, MARY, Andy, David and John Rankin