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.
Last updated on December 21, 2012
Mark Horak and daughter Michelle, age 23, who has CF, delivered a captivating speech on the progress the Foundation has made over the years and their optimism for the future of CF.
This past summer, hundreds of people from major entertainment studios, retailers and suppliers gathered in Hollywood for the first-ever Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES).
Conceived by Mark Horak, president of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, The Americas, and brought to life with the help of the Entertainment Merchants Association and the CF Foundation's Los Angeles Office - Southern California Chapter, the event raised an amazing $400,000 for the Foundation.
Entertainment for Everyone
With live and silent auctions, casino table games and VIP back-lot tours, there was no shortage of things to do during this three-day event.
The first day started in full swing with an industry golf tournament at the Lakeside Golf Club in Burbank, Calif. About 100 golf enthusiasts gathered to hit the green and show their skills in hole-in-one, closest-to-the-hole and longest drive contests.
Following the tournament was an awards banquet and reception, which also featured a live auction. Guests bid on gift baskets that included an array of items, from vacation getaways to movie packages. However, the most popular prize was a golf outing for four with Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video, at his private golf club.
The next day was held on the Warner Bros. Studio back-lot, where more than 400 people showed up for a casino tournament on the set of TV sitcom “Two and a Half Men.” Attendees conversed over cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while playing Texas Hold 'em, Blackjack and Roulette.
Molly Quinn, from television show “Castle” and Phil Morris from “Seinfeld,” pictured here with Mark Horak, showed their support for the cause at the casino tournament.
Joined by his daughter Michelle, they spoke of the exciting progress that the Foundation has made through supporting vital research and drug development for people with CF. They went on to share their optimism for the future and to thank everyone for supporting the cause.
“We are grateful to have this outstanding support from the entertainment community as we search for a cure for CF,” said Judy Ranan, executive director of the Foundation's Los Angeles Office - Southern California Chapter. “The event was such a success that we have already started to plan for the 2nd annual Summit.”
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