BENEFITING: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
ORGANIZER: CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION
EVENT: Pittsburgh Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: May 01, 2016
Family and Friends-
For the 5th year, I will be running with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise money and awareness to improve treatments and quality of life for the 30,000 adults and children in the US living with CF. Included among those adults is my sister, Emily. Every single special, important part of my life has been augmented by having a sister to share it with and she is *The Reason I Run*.
"Tell me I can't and I will" - This statement sums up everything that is Emily... tough, persistent, and hopeful that things can always be even better than they are now. At nearly 30 years old, she is living the busy, vibrant, life of a young urban professional. That may seem unremarkable, but for someone born with CF, it is really quite phenomenal! Please consider making a donation so that more of these seemingly unexceptional moments and milestones can be experienced by those growing up and living with CF, and so their family members and friends can continue to share those moments with them- it means the world to us!
CYSTIC FIBROSIS FOUNDATION wrote -
Help Us Find a Cure.
Our Run to Cure CF team in Pittsburgh continues to grow each year, as do our research efforts and the progress we’ve made in the search for a cure. Real progress toward a cure has been made, but the lives of young people are still cut far too short. Won’t you join us in continuing the search for a cure? Accept the challenge today and help add tomorrows to the lives of those living with cystic fibrosis by registering to run or making a donation to one of our dedicated team members!
We've made incredible progress in the fight against cystic fibrosis, but we still need to strive to cross that finish line and find a cure!
What Is Cystic Fibrosis?
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. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
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.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
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 Cystic Fibrosis and our chapter: http://wpa.cff.org
Learn more about our Run to Cure CF Program at: http://wpa.cff.org/runtocureCF