Today marks the start of Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Week. CF affects mainly the lungs and the progressive nature of the disease means that people in the end stages of the disease are often referred for transplant. Despite the considerable burden of treatment, people with CF are determined to live their lives to the full. Your support during Cystic Fibrosis Week will help people with CF to live longer and fuller lives.
Money raised during Cystic Fibrosis Week will help the UK charity the Cystic Fibrosis Trust continue to fund medical research to fight the symptoms of, and treat the cause of CF. It will also help them improve the care of people with CF, and will help provide direct support for people with CF and their families.
The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is one of the leading investors in CF research in the world. They fund work to control the symptoms and treat the cause of Cystic Fibrosis. They also fund research into gene therapy to add a healthy copy of the gene to the lungs of those with Cystic Fibrosis. A major clinical trial is hoped to begin later this year involving up to 100 young people with Cystic Fibrosis. This is the first time in the world CF gene therapy has been studied this way.