Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic, life-threatening disease that causes severe damage to the lungs and digestive system. CF is due to a defective gene that causes bodily secretions to become thick and sticky, resulting in congestion of the body's tubes, ducts and passageways, particularly those found in the lungs and pancreas. This makes it very hard for individuals with CF to breathe and causes chronic and debilitating lung infections.
CF requires daily care that generally includes frequent use of respiratory therapies, medications, pulmonary exercise, nutritional supplements and other necessary treatments such as intravenous support, hospitalizations, and pulmonary rehabilitation. CF is one of the most common chronic lung diseases found in children and young adults.
CF Society seeks to address the following vital precepts:
- Chronically and severely ill people need as normal, productive, and stable a life as is feasible;
- Chronic illness impacts every single member of the family;
- The health and emotional functioning of an ill individual is impacted by the well-being of his/her family;
- Severe illness can, and often does, have a devastating financial impact on families.
Based on the precepts above, the mission of CF Society is:
- To offer financial assistance free of charge, by means of donated funds, to individuals with CF and similar lung diseases and their caregivers in dealing with their medicinal, nutritional, respiratory, exercise, transportation, and respite needs;
- To provide emotional support to individuals and their families dealing with the challenges of CF and similar lung diseases using a myriad of services and programs that infuse hope, optimism, and positive motivation;
- To offer supportive and exciting opportunities for CF families to bond and live life together happily and successfully;
- To educate and involve people with CF and similar lung diseases and their family members in caring for their disease and their future.
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