About Cystic Fibrosis
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. When mucus clogs the lungs, it can make breathing very difficult. The thick mucus also causes bacteria to get stuck in the airways, which causes inflammation and infections that lead to lung damage.
Mucus also can block the digestive tract and pancreas. The mucus stops digestive enzymes from getting to the intestines. The body needs these enzymes to break down food, which provides important nutrients to help people grow and stay healthy. People with CF often need to replace these enzymes with medicine they take with their meals and snacks, which helps them digest food and get proper nutrition.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation works as fast as possible and funds some of the best and brightest minds in science to find a cure. CF researchers are blazing new trails in drug development and gene therapy. With your continued support, CF will one day stand for Cure Found.