Cystic Fibrosis – or CF is Ireland’s most common life threatening inherited disease. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder. It is not contagious, you are born with it. Approximately 1 in 20 people are carriers of the Cystic Fibrosis gene and when two carriers parent a child there is a 1 in 4 chance of the child being born with Cystic Fibrosis. 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 cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30′s, 40′s and beyond.
Build4Life is a volunteer parent run charity that raises money for improved facilities for children with Cystic Fibrosis at the Cork University Hospital.
For more information, please visit Build4Life