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Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month: Ways to Make a Difference

May 2, 2011 

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. It’s a time for volunteers and people living with CF to come together and shine a spotlight on what CF is and the progress being made toward a cure. Take some time this month to help get the word out and encourage the people in your community to become involved, too!

Consider these statistics:

  • Approximately 30,000 children and adults have CF in the United States.
  • More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene.
  • The disease occurs in one of every 3,500 live births of all Americans and about 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.

What You Can Do

As someone who is interested in educating and advocating for increased funding for vital CF research, you can do a lot!

Check out our “CF Awareness Toolkit” to get tips, tools and language that you can use to help spread the word. Learn more about:

  • Participating in Great Strides;
  • Becoming an advocate and contacting members of Congress on behalf of people with CF;
  • CF Cure Bands; and
  • Talking about CF in your social networks (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, etc.)

Together, we can help make “CF” stand for “Cure Found.”

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau.