As many of you know, my 13 month old daughter Brooks has Cystic Fibrosis (CF) which is a progressive, genetic disease that causes long-lasting lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. There is currently no cure. More than 30,000 children and adults in the United States have CF (70,000 worldwide).
In people with CF, mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) gene cause the CFTR protein to become dysfunctional. When the protein is not working correctly, it’s unable to help move chloride -- a component of salt -- to the cell surface. Without the chloride to attract water to the cell surface, the mucus in various organs becomes thick and sticky. This affects many bodily functions including in the lungs, nutritional malabsorption, and digestive areas.
While there is no cure as of today, medical advances, especially over the last few years, give us every reason to be hopeful and optimistic. Babies born with CF in the 1990s had a life expectancy of 18 years. In 2019 that number jumped to 46.
And so on Sat. April 30th, we are walking and fundraising to 'Breathe and Believe for Brooke'.
All donations made will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation which continues to lead the way in the fight against CF, fueling extraordinary medical and scientific progress.
Thank you for your support!
Elizabeth, Josh & Brooke