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 people living with cystic fibrosis and their families face complicated issues related to getting the care they need. Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Compass makes sure that no one has to do it alone.
CF Foundation Compass is a service that helps people with CF and their families with navigating insurance options, connecting to legal information and experts, finding available financial resources, and tackling other life issues.
CF care team members are paramount in providing highly specialized care to people living with CF. CF Foundation Compass can help by serving as a strategic ally for care teams, so team members can focus on their patients’ care.
CF Foundation Compass can help you navigate insurance, financial, legal, and other issues you are facing. Use this online form to start your conversation with a Compass case manager today.
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.
150 N. Michigan Ave Ste 1550
The Greater Illinois Chapter - Chicago of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation welcomes you! Volunteers are the key to our success and the lifeblood of our organization. We have many opportunities for you to get involved. Your participation in any way will help us achieve our mission – finding a cure for all people with CF. Take a moment to check out our upcoming events and learn more.
Chicago CF Cycle for Life 2019
8:00 AM, August 17, 2019
Kuiper Family Farm
Greater Illinois - Chicago
Greater Illinois' CF Cycle for Life is a fully-supported ride with route options of 10, 30 and 65 miles. Expect amazing energy, themed rest stops, and an incredible finish-line celebration at these daylong rides. From breakfast to our cycle post party, you can enjoy fully stocked rest stops every 10-12 miles, bike mechanics for bicycle maintenance and repair, and support vehicles to help you complete the ride.
CFF Golf Invitational
10:00 AM, August 26, 2019
The Glen Club
On Monday, August 26, 2019 golfers will tee up for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Golf Invitational. This first-class tournament will be held at the beautiful and prestigious Glen Club in Glenview, just outside of downtown Chicago, which was voted #2 as one of the “Best Courses You Can Play in Illinois” by Golf Magazine.
Chicago CF Climb 2019
TBD, September 22, 2019
Guaranteed Rate Field
CF Climb is a unique, challenging fitness event in which participants climb stairs in a test of endurance in tall buildings or around stadiums. Whether climbing to improve timing or to simply reach new heights, this event is a great way to spend the day with co-workers, friends and family while adding tomorrows for people living with cystic fibrosis.
6:30 PM, October 11, 2019
FestivAle is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's annual craft beer tasting celebration! This one-of-a-kind event brings together approximately 350 beer enthusiasts to sample handcrafted, high-end beers from over 20 of Chicagoland's finest brewers.
Team CF Superheroes
Varies by Wave, October 13, 2019
Aged to Perfection: Bourbon and Bacon
6-9 PM, November 7, 2019
Binny's in Lincoln Park
Bourbon enthusiasts will celebrate the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Aged to Perfection, Bourbon and Bacon event on Thursday, November 7, 2019. Taking place at Binny's Beverage Depot in Lincoln Park, the bourbon-fest will feature top-notch bourbon and ryes, creative bacon dishes from local establishments and a classy and sophisticated silent auction.
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