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.
Choate Construction's 9th annual Cars & 'Q for the Cause raised over $435,400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, serving as a role model for corporations looking to integrate philanthropy into their business model.
Published on June 20, 2018
This past spring, Choate Construction held its 9th annual Cars & 'Q for the Cause, attracting over 1,300 participants in Atlanta for its annual car show and barbecue. The company helped raise over $435,400 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Choate Construction is an example of what corporations can accomplish together when they decide to make an impact and champion a cause. Choate has been involved with the Foundation since the construction company was founded in 1989.
“My father, Millard Choate, was beginning his construction company when he learned that my closest friend, Leann, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis,” said Emily Bridges, marketing director of the company. “After gaining a better understanding about CF, he decided to bring fundraising to his business by participating in various local events. The results have been phenomenal.”
What began as a gathering of employees interested in cars, barbecue, and music turned into a hugely successful annual Passion Fundraiser -- raising enormous funds for the Foundation each year.
“In the beginning, it wasn't intended to be a huge fundraiser; it started out as a supplement to the Great Strides walk that we participated in as a company,” recalled Bridges. “A group of us here really like cars, and one year, we thought about having a few people over to celebrate in our parking lot. Little did we know what this moment would turn into over time.”
Today, Emily and Leann are still best friends and Choate Construction remains dedicated as ever to finding a cure for cystic fibrosis. The company's commitment to philanthropy serves as a role model for many businesses unsure of how to integrate giving back with their business goals.
“Cars & 'Q plays a huge part of our culture at Choate. Stewardship is one of our core values, so having the ability to go beyond the day-to-day business cycle, especially for our younger employees here, is really important,” said Emily. “Together, I know we have made a difference for Leann and other people living with CF -- and that's an amazing feeling.”
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