Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited, chronic disease that interferes with the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Mutations of a specific gene (the CFTR) affect the cells that line the organs of these three systems. This defective gene causes the production of thick, sticky mucus. It builds up and clogs the small airways and passageways which carry harmful bacteria out of the body. Because the bacteria is trapped, serious infections develop that weaken the organs and place constant stress on the immune system.
Living With Cystic Fibrosis
Medical advances mean better, more effective treatments are available today to help children and adults with CF live more comfortably. But effective management of the disease requires a variety of medications that are costly, and the newest drugs available are even more expensive; treatment regimens are demanding, and depending on the extent and severity of the disease, normal childhood activities are often disrupted by daily therapy and lengthy hospital admissions.
How You Can Help
Though the research is very promising, there is no cure yet for Cystic Fibrosis. Your gift to the Take A Breather Foundation helps brighten the lives of children struggling with the disease today. Through direct support of individual wishes, we help families to do exactly what our name suggests, take a breather from the psychological, emotional and the financial burdens that accompany living with cystic fibrosis. Children with CF have dreams and wishes and it’s for these reasons the Take A Breather Foundation exists, and why our mission is so important to these children and their families
For more information about cystic fibrosis, please visit the CF Foundation website www.cff.org