Thursday, February 3, 2011

Great Strides: Josh and Emma

Elisabeth Philbrick, Mother of Josh and Emma: These are our precious children, Joshua and Emma who fight cystic fibrosis (CF) every day! Please visit our website to donate and help find a cure for our sweet babies...

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
  1. Clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  2. Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
Symptoms of Cystic Fibrosis
  1. People with CF can have a variety of symptoms; these symptoms vary on different people:
  2. Very salty-tasting skin;
  3. Persistent coughing, at times with phlegm;
  4. Frequent lung infections;
  5. Wheezing or shortness of breath;
  6. Poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and
  7. Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
  1. About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
  2. More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
  3. More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
  4. The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the mid-30s.
Please donate, walk, and pray about all children and adults with Cystic Fibrosis.

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