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.
The Kontos Award, created in 2014, recognizes the contributions of nonphysician members of a care team who demonstrate a passion for excellence and commitment to care of individuals with cystic fibrosis.
The Mary M. Kontos Care Champion Award honors Mary Kontos, who passed away in 2012 at age 60. A pediatric nurse practitioner and program coordinator at the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo (New York), Kontos was deeply
committed to the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and played key roles in the Foundation's efforts to advance quality improvement locally and nationally.
The 2019 Kontos Award recipients are:
Respiratory therapist and pulmonary function lab supervisor at the Intermountain Cystic Fibrosis Center, University of Utah
For 25 years, Richards has long been involved in quality improvement. She participated in the first
CF Foundation Learning and Leadership Collaborative in 2003-2004 and was a member of the CF pediatric benchmarking team in 2006. Richards helped develop the CF Foundation's Respiratory Therapy Mentoring Program, writing the Respiratory Therapy 101
document and serving as the facilitator for four years. In addition, she has served on the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) Planning Committee since 2016. She also oversees the respiratory care for approximately 320 pediatric patients,
including respiratory training for families of newly diagnosed children with CF.
“She puts my daughter's uncertainty and fears at ease the second she walks through the door at clinic. Managing CF is tough, and she empowers us and helps us navigate through our ever-changing emotions and struggles.” -- Parent of a pediatric patient
Nurse practitioner, Center co-coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Engaged in CF care for 25 years, Barbara is co-coordinator of the care center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She led a multidisciplinary
team that developed a clinical pathway for diagnosing and treating pancreatic insufficiency. A frequent presenter at NACFC, Barbara is the facilitator of the CF Foundation Nurse Practitioner Mentoring Program. Her commitment to quality improvement
and education is inspired by her patients, particularly those families who she guides through the initial period after their children have been diagnosed with CF.
“I am now thriving, in nursing school, and working as a nurse tech. I have her to thank - not for getting me to this point, but for instilling in me the tools, skills, and confidence with tough, compassionate love to take control of my own health and my
own life and to create my own path.” -- Former patient, now an adult with CF
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