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Donate to help find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

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Alisha Wilson

THE STORY:

I am married to the most wonderful man in the world, Brandon Neal Wilson. He was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 2 months old. Although Brandon is doing extremely well with his CF, there are so many others that are not. There are many who are on a lung transplant list. Some may not even get their new lungs in time. I want to bring awareness to those who do NOT know about CF. I want to help donate so a cure can be found!!!! I am wanting to raise money to donate to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Some information about CF.
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.

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.

Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
People with CF can have a variety of symptoms, including:

very salty-tasting skin;
persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
frequent lung infections;
wheezing or shortness of breath;
poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.

Statistics

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.
About 500 people with CF in the United States, die each year.

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