Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:
- clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
- obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with CF lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have enhanced and extended life for children and adults into their 30's, 40's and beyond.
Our son, Brady O’Connell was born March 13th 2009, and immediately brought us tremendous joy and excitement! However, our world dramatically changed the following morning when the neonatal doctor recommended transporting Brady to a level 3 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and ultimately diagnosed Brady with Cystic Fibrosis.
From day one, the CF Foundation has been an indispensable resource and support system to us, and has made incredible strides in the search for curing Cystic Fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is throwing the 8th annual Shamrockin' For a Cure fundraising party. There are so many ways for YOU to get involved:
- Attend the rockin' party that celebrates all things Irish including food, drinks, Irish dancers, bagpipers, live bands and more!
- Sponsor the event
- Provide an auction item
- Check out our other upcoming events
Last year, together with over 1,000 attendees and 20+ sponsors, we raised over $250,000, helping the CF Foundation make meaningful advancements in searching for a cure, and improving the lives of those affected.