Learn about cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs, and how to treat and live with this chronic disease.
CF is a rare genetic disease found in about 30,000 people in the U.S. If you have CF or are considering testing for it, knowing about the role of genetics in CF can help you make informed decisions about your health care.
If you or your child has just been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, or your doctor has recommended testing for CF, you may have many questions.
Diagnosing CF is a multistep process. A complete diagnostic evaluation should include a newborn screening, a sweat chloride test, a genetic or carrier test, and a clinical evaluation at a CF Foundation-accredited care center.
Raising a child with cystic fibrosis can bring up many questions because CF affects many aspects of your child’s life. Here you’ll find resources to help you manage your child’s daily needs and find the best possible CF care.
Living with cystic fibrosis comes with many challenges, including medical, social, and financial. By learning more about how you can manage your disease every day, you can ultimately help find a balance between your busy lifestyle and your CF care.
People with CF are living longer, healthier lives than ever before. As an adult with CF, you may reach key milestones you might not have considered. Planning for these life events requires careful thought as you make decisions that may impact your life.
People with cystic fibrosis are living longer and more fulfilling lives, thanks in part to specialized CF care and a range of treatment options.
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-accredited care centers provide expert care and specialized disease management to people living with cystic fibrosis.
We provide funding for and accredit more than 120 care centers and 53 affiliate programs nationwide. The high quality of specialized care available throughout the care center network has led to the improved length and quality of life for people with CF.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides standard care guidelines based on the latest research, medical evidence, and consultation with experts on best practices.
As a clinician, you’re critical in helping people with CF maintain their quality of life. We’re committed to helping you partner with patients and their families by providing resources you can use to improve and continue to provide high-quality care.
As part of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission to help improve the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis, the PSDC initiative taps the CF community to inform key efforts to support the management of daily care.
Your cystic fibrosis care team includes a group of CF health care professionals who partner with you to provide specialized, comprehensive CF care.
Many cystic fibrosis patients and families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. But CF Foundation Compass makes sure that no one has to do it alone.
For many people with cystic fibrosis, dealing with insurance is as much a part of living with the disease as nebulizers and vests. Many people with CF and their families face issues related to getting the care they need, but no one has to do it alone.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for CF and supports a broad range of research initiatives to tackle the disease from all angles.
The CF Foundation offers a number of resources for learning about clinical trials and treatments that are being developed to improve the treatment of cystic fibrosis.
Our understanding of CF continues to evolve as scientists study what causes the disease and how it affects the body. These insights drive the development of new and better treatments and bring us one step closer to a cure.
Researchers, supported by the CF Foundation, have made tremendous advances to improve the health and quality of life of people with CF. We are committed to providing the tools and resources you need to continuously build upon this work.
Our goal is to educate policy makers about the needs of people with cystic fibrosis so that they make smart decisions about CF-related research, treatment, and access to care.
We recognize the value of tapping into the expertise that only people with CF and their families have. We invite you to share insights to help improve and develop programs and services that support the daily lives of people with CF.
Our mission is to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. We can't do it alone. Help us add tomorrows by giving today.
In addition to working for a cure, the CF Foundation supports programs and policies to improve the lives of people with CF. Help us by raising awareness of CF, participating in a fundraising event, or volunteering with your local chapter.
This year our CF Foundation employee Great Strides team adopted a “Star Wars” theme and, believe me, we went all out to make the experience extra special and out of this world. See for yourself!
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I feel fortunate to work at a place where passion and hard work are the norm and not the exception.
I really got to thinking about this last Thursday as I joined my colleagues here at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's national office to celebrate the results of our staff Great Strides team. It's an annual favorite for the office because we raise a heck of a lot of money for cystic fibrosis and have a lot of fun along the way.
Yes, I work at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but you may not know that, like other corporate and family teams across America, our employee walk team is personal, voluntary and something for which we get excited and feel great pride.
I am pumped that this year I was able to raise over $1,000 from the generous support of my family and friends. Actually that pales in comparison to what others on our team raised but I think I did good nonetheless.
This year our CF Foundation employee Great Strides team adopted a “Star Wars” theme and, believe me, we went all out to make the experience extra special and out of this world.
I could go on and on about what Great Strides means to me and our office team but, as they say, a picture says a thousand words so enjoy these special photos I took at our celebration.
I don't want to leave you feeling jealous, but what other Great Strides team has Dr. Beall and Dr. Campbell dressed in character as Yoda and Darth Vader -- just to convey their thanks and gratitude to all of us? Simply amazing.
On behalf of all of us at the CF Foundation, thank you for all you do and “may the funds be with you!”
Former Senior Director of Corporate Engagement, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Peter lives in the heart of Washington, D.C. He is passionate about work, life, Apple products, books, history, Redskins, family, God, his two schnauzers -- George and Weezy -- and other passionate people making an everyday difference in the world. As the former senior director of corporate engagement at the Foundation, Peter worked on national corporate and donor cultivation, and with national sponsors and chapter staff. Follow @knockstead on Twitter.
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