What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that affects the lungs and digestive systems of approximately 30,000 people in the United States alone, making it one of our most common life-shortening inherited diseases. CF causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. In 1955, children with CF were not expected to live long enough to attend grade school.
Today, thanks to continued foundation-supported research and specialized care, the median predicted age of survival is almost forty years…and these tremendous advances have been accomplished despite CF’s classification as an Orphan Disease; a disease that affects a small population.