The Brighter Side
via 100 Women Who Care Calgary
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the most common fatal genetic disease affecting Canadian children and young adults. There is no cure.
Cystic fibrosis causes various effects on the body, but mainly affects the digestive system and lungs. The degree of cystic fibrosis involvement differs from person to person. However, the persistence and ongoing infection in the lungs, with destruction of lungs and loss of lung function, eventually causes death in the majority of people who have cystic fibrosis.
It is estimated that one in every 3,600 children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis. Almost 4,000 Canadian children, adolescents, and adults with cystic fibrosis attend specialized CF clinics.
Cystic Fibrosis Canada depends on volunteers to help raise awareness and funds in support of cystic fibrosis research, advocacy and clinical care. It is because of people like you that Canadians living with cystic fibrosis know they are not alone in the fight against this fatal, genetic disease.
Through the generosity of their many donors and corporate partners, they are improving the lives of people with cystic fibrosis (CF).
A child diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in the 1960s was not expected to live long enough to attend kindergarten.
Today, the median age of survival of Canadians with cystic fibrosis is among the highest in the world, at 50.9 years of age in 2013.
Because of their donors, they continue to advance the battle against this devastating disease by investing in innovative research in the pursuit of the next medical breakthrough and the highest standard of CF care, as well as supporting advocacy initiatives for universal CF newborn screening and access to life-changing medication. They are also carving new paths from research lab discoveries to the development of new treatments, and investing in a national quality improvement initiative for CF care.
For more information visit http://www.cfchapters.ca/calgary-southern-alberta/
by Christina Rowsell ~
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