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.
Comedian and longtime friend of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Lewis Black, brought together some of the biggest names in the entertainment business for a variety show that benefited the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation on May 5.
Published on May 16, 2014
Lewis Black Presents Big Stars, Big Cure: An Unforgettable Night of Comedy and Music to Fight Cystic Fibrosis, held at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York City, raised $1 million to help support the search for a cure.
Black is a multi-faceted and talented performer known for his extraordinary successes as an author, playwright and appearances in movies and television, including his long-running segment on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show.
Among the evening's guests were 400 longtime friends of the Foundation who purchased weekend-long entertainment packages. In addition to enjoying the variety show, VIP guests joined Black for a special brunch before attending their choice of two hit Broadway shows.
For the main event, guests were invited to a pre-show cocktail reception at the Jazz at Lincoln Center Theater. Black and friends, including Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Kathleen Madigan, Chris Bliss and Jon Stewart, then performed stand-up routines that brought the house down. The show also featured special video performances by Meryl Streep, Joel Grifasi, Larry David, Robin Williams, Steven Colbert and Will Ferrell.
Those who shared the stage with Black saluted his longstanding commitment to the Foundation's mission and to people and families affected by the disease.
The cabaret closed with a heartwarming song by singer and Tony Award nominee Judy Kuhn that recognized the courage and strength people with CF and their families show every day. The song also honored the Foundation for it's progress in the fight against CF.
After the show, VIP guests attended a candlelit dinner at the Mandarin, enjoying breathtaking views of New York City, while mingling with Black, Bliss and Madigan. An after party at the Mandarin where guests danced until 1 a.m. closed out the evening.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation would like to acknowledge and give heartfelt thanks to the three devoted friends who worked tirelessly for many months to make this show possible:
The Foundation would also like to thank the Greater New York Chapter, dedicated volunteers and generous donors:
And corporate friends:
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