Cystic Fibrosis

What Is cystic fibrosis?

Cystic fibrosis is a rare, genetic, life-shortening  disease that affects every organ in the body and makes breathing difficult.  Some people with the disease say it’s like breathing through a narrow straw.  In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucous in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs.  In the lungs, the mucous clogs the airways and traps bacteria, leading to life-threatening lung infections.  Sixty years ago, most children did not live long enough to attend elementary school, but thanks to Foundation-based research and care, the median survival age of people with CF is now about 40.  While people with CF are living longer than in the past, precious lives are still lost every day.

Learn more at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Website.