Our Xtreme Hike Story
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Cystic fibrosis is a rare, life-shortening, genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. A genetic mutation causes a thick and sticky mucus in various organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps germs leading to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. In the pancreas, the buildup of mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that help the body absorb food and key nutrients, resulting in malnutrition and poor growth. In the liver, the thick mucus can block the bile duct, causing liver disease. In men, CF can affect their ability to have children.
Sixty years ago, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend elementary school. Thanks to CF Foundation-based research and care, many people with CF are now living into their forties and achieving milestones once thought impossible. Dreams like attending college, pursuing a career, finding a life-partner, and having a family are now a reality for many with CF.
While there has been significant progress in treating this disease, there is still no cure and too many lives are cut far too short. By participating in the Arizona Xtreme Hike at the Grand Canyon, we are adding tomorrows to the lives of all people living with CF today.
Will you join us? To become a member of the ‘Flipside of Midlife’ team, click the "Join our Team" button. By becoming part of our team, making a self-donation, and making a commitment to train and fundraise, you are joining a group of people committed to making CF stand for “cure found.”
Step up and join the Summer Xtreme Hike at the Grand Canyon today!