About the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Our Mission

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.

We will not rest until we find a cure for all people with cystic fibrosis.

Who We Are

The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is fueled by a dedicated group of scientists, caregivers, donors, volunteers and people with CF and their families who are united by a common goal: to find a cure for this devastating disease and help those with CF live longer, healthier lives. 

We are driven by a dream that one day, not one person will lose a life, child, sibling, parent or friend to cystic fibrosis, and we are determined to succeed. 

Watch people with CF and their family members talk about their dreams for CF.


Learn more about how you can join us in our life-saving mission.

What We Do

Our approach to curing cystic fibrosis and caring for those affected by the disease is three-fold.


We fund more innovative, groundbreaking CF research than any other organization in the world.

We have invested hundreds of millions of dollars into CF research and drug development. The results of these bold investments have been astonishing. Because of our efforts, people with cystic fibrosis are living longer, healthier lives and pursuing dreams they never before thought possible.


We provide expert care for people with CF through our nationwide network of accredited care centers.

Cystic fibrosis is a complex disease that affects every person differently. That's why we're dedicated to helping people with CF get individualized care that's tailored to their unique needs.


We help people with cystic fibrosis and their families get the tools and support they need to lead healthy, productive lives, today.

The incredible strides we're making in research and drug development mean nothing if people with CF don't have access to the care and therapies they need.

We're working diligently to ensure all people with CF have access to the best medical, educational and financial resources available.

Our Impact

Through dramatic improvements in treatment and care, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is adding tomorrows for people with the disease. 

“When I was born, my parents were told I would not live beyond the age of 13. I wasn’t expected to graduate from high school, attend college or get married. Thanks to advancements in research and care fueled by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, I’ve been able to do all of those things — and more.”     - Jake Bachman, 31


A few decades ago, most people with CF didn't live long enough to attend elementary school. Today, people with the disease are graduating from high school and college, pursuing careers, getting married and starting families of their own. 

  • The life expectancy of someone born with CF has doubled in the last 30 years. Today, many people with CF are living into their 30s, 40s, and beyond.
  • Nearly every CF drug currently available was made possible through Foundation support.
  • Once considered exclusively a childhood disease, approximately half of all people living with CF today are over the age of 18.