Austin was born on February 15, 2012. We felt so blessed to be welcoming a healthy baby boy into this world. However, when he was only 8 days old, we found out that Austin had Cystic Fibrosis. The news came as a shock as we had no known family history of the disease.
After a lot of questions, tears, and prayers, we began to realize that no matter what curveballs get thrown our way, we will overcome them. Austin receives excellent care from the staff of the CF center at Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.
Aside from the doctor's visits, twice daily, treatments, and everything else CF throws his way, Austin is a super trooper. He loves to run around and play. The only time he sits still is when he is doing his treatments. Austin loves Transformers, Legos and superheroes. Austin is probably the happiest and most energetic little boy you will ever meet. His contagious smile lights up a room. CF will never bring our little man down.
Foundation-Sponsored Indoor and Outdoor Events and Gatherings
The Foundation is closely following the evolving coronavirus outbreak. We will continue to monitor coronavirus guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and assess whether we need to change any scheduled events.
To reduce the risk of getting and spreading germs at CF Foundation-sponsored events, we ask that everyone follow basic best practices by regularly cleaning your hands with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand gel, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue or your inner elbow, and maintaining a safe 6-foot distance from anyone with a cold or infection. Medical evidence shows that germs may spread among people with CF through direct and indirect contact, as well as through droplets that travel short distances when a person coughs or sneezes. These germs can lead to worsening symptoms and speed decline in lung function.
To further help reduce the risk of cross-infection, the Foundation's attendance policy recommends inviting only one person with CF to attend the indoor portion of a Foundation-sponsored event at a specific time. For the outdoor portion, the Foundation recommends that all people with CF maintain a safe 6-foot distance from each other at all times.