A lung infection that leads to loss of lung function, difficulty digesting fats and proteins…cystic fibrosis is an inherited fatal disorder affecting the lungs and digestive systems in 1 in every 3,600 Canadian children. The yearly cost for therapies ranges from $24,000-$60,000.
THEN: Although cystic fibrosis was first described in 1938, little was known about this disease. Even into the 1960s, most children did not live long enough to attend kindergarten.
Enter Cystic Fibrosis Canada
NOW: Tremendous advances have been made in targeting the cause after researchers in Toronto pinpointed the gene responsible. Thanks to leading-edge research funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada, 50% of Canadians with the disease are expected to live at least into their late 40s, and are leading better lives thanks to medicine advances.
Living Proof of Donations At Work
60 years ago, individuals with CF didn’t make it to kindergarten. Today, we are seeing people with CF live into their late 40s. This is all possible because of people donating money to Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
“There is a new drug on the market that Kaiden will be able to take when he’s six, and it is the best thing and the next thing to a cure.”
- James Ames, who's son has cystic fibrosis