Monday, April 2, 2012

Great Strides For Cystic Fibrosis 2012

My friend, Darby, has posted before on Really, What Were We Thinking about her son, Brady.  As we approach the 2012 Great Strides Walk for Cystic Fibrosis, I wanted Darby to have the opportunity to update all of us on how Brady is doing and, hopefully, help raise awareness and money again for this important cause.  To learn more about Brady and his family, check out Darby's blog, Keep on matter what!

Cystic's a progressive disease with no cure and an average life expectancy of 37 years old...CF is a genetic disease that causes mucus to build up in the lungs and digestive system resulting in chronic lung infections.  98% of all CF patients are pancreatic insufficient meaning they are unable to digest the fat in their food.  CF affects the respiratory system as well as the digestive's a life threatening disease that affects more than 30,000 people in the United States.

Jeff, Brady, & Darby at the Great Strides Walk 2011

Our 3.5 year old son, Brady, has Cystic Fibrosis.  His days are filled with breathing treatments, chest physiotherapy, medicines, and g-tube feedings.  He spends each day fighting to stay healthy, and he spends a lot of time in the hospital each year, with his first hospitalization at only 5 months old. 

Brady will fight this disease for his entire life.  As a lot of people take for granted the ability to breathe, that's something he will always struggle with and be grateful for...he is blessed with each breath he has.

We are walking in the 2012 Great Strides Walk in May this year, and we ask everyone to either join our team in Virginia or to find a walk in your area and walk for Brady and the other 30,000 people fighting this disease.

Please donate to this cause so our child, and many other children, may have a chance at a longer life...come out and walk at a Great Strides walk near you...don't take for granted the breath you have.

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