Three of the four Boardman brothers are running the Boston Marathon on April 16, 2012 to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. We've committed to raising at least $15,000.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
- clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
- obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
- About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
- More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
- More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
- The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters — patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.
- Learn more about Testing for Cystic Fibrosis.
- Explore all aspects of Living with CF at every stage of life.
- See what Treatments are available and what’s in development.
All donations go directly to CFF and are used fund research for a cure and to help those living with CF. We acknowledge that the current economic climate is uncertain, but every little bit helps further this worthy cause. If it is $5 or $5,000, we, and the CFF, greatly appreciate your generosity.
Catch us out on the roads of New York or San Francisco training for the big race on Patriots' Day.
Tom, Will, and Adam