Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects approximately 30,000 children and young adults in the United States. Today, there is no cure. Although a series of medical advances is bringing the scientific community closer to conquering this terminal illness, children with CF still struggle daily. Cystic Fibrosis effects the lungs and pancreas and requires daily medications and therapy treatments to clear mucous. More often than not, children with CF spend long periods of time in the hospital receiving IV antibiotics to battle infections in their lungs.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
To read more about CF please visit:
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Boomer Esiason Foundation
The CF Awareness Foundation