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.
Jedd Williams of Cisco Systems Inc. has raised more than $1,000,000 to support the mission of the Foundation after expanding his personal Great Strides team to a national corporate team.
Published on February 12, 2019
A little more than 10 years ago Jedd Williams and his wife learned that their third child, Emily, would be born with cystic fibrosis.
“My wife and I knew that we were carriers of the disease, but it was still a shock to us both,” said Jedd, managing director at Cisco Systems Inc.
Determined to fight for his daughter, Jedd started a Great Strides team called Emily's Hope to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's mission. A few years later, he learned there was an opportunity to create a national corporate team, so he reached out to his employer, Cisco, to take his team to the next level.
“Cisco is very philanthropic as a culture, so they were immediately very invested in raising awareness and supporting my fundraising efforts.” Ten years have passed, and Emily's Hope still ranks as a top-performing corporate team.
In addition to fundraising, Jedd creates a video each year to share updates about Emily and any important medical updates from the Foundation.
“When there is something big that happens, we make sure that our community knows that it's because of their donations that so much progress has been made.”
Constantly looking for ways to unite team members across the nation, he created Emily's Hope team T-shirts. “We send out around 600 shirts across the country each year. Every now and then I'll see my T-shirt, and I'll ask the person wearing it, 'Hey where did you get that?' and they'll say, 'This guy Jedd at Cisco sent it to me,' and I'm like, 'I'm Jedd!' It's moments like that where you realize just how small the world is and the impact you're having.”
Emily's Hope and Cisco have raised more than $1,000,000 for the CF Foundation. “Probably the best part about all of this is that we've been able to establish a community and get to know each other even after walk day. Together, we've raised a lot of money, have driven significant awareness, and made a lot of progress. But we aren't done yet.”
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