What is Cyctic Firbrosis? Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common, fatal hereditary disease in the U.S.
CF is a disorder of the cells that line the lungs, small intestines, sweat glands and pancreas. Sticky, thick mucus contributes to the destruction of lung tissue and impedes gas exchange in the lungs. It also prevents nutrient absorption in the small intestine, and blocks pancreatic ducts from releasing digestive enzymes.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

30,000 American Children and Adults have CF (This may seem like a small number but only half of those with CF live survive to age 31). Twelve million Americans (12,000,000) or 1 in 23 are symptomless carriers of the gene.

The Cystic Fibrosis-Reaching Out Foundation, Inc. was formed because a CF Adult recognized a need among CF patients and families for information and support. Thus, she started a newsletter called "Reaching Out". For years she campaigned and raised money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's research efforts to find the cure for CF. After watching many of her friends die and having observed diminished quality of life during their illness, she realized there is much work to be done while waiting on a cure. This is the impetus for the Cystic Fibrosis-Reaching Out Foundation, Inc. It is a 501c3 organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

Help us to preserve the quality of life of the Cystic Fibrosis children and young adults while they are waiting on the cure. Help us to provide them the necessary medications, treatments and education.

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