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Did you know that about one out of every 31 Americans are unknowing symptom-less carriers of the defective Cystic fibrosis gene? Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). CHS is partnering with CureFinders February 11-15, 2013 to raise money to find a cure. First period classes are collecting donations each day. The fundraiser was kicked off at the PTSO meeting on February 11 with a visit from three year old Cale DeJarnett who has been diagnosed with CF. It happened to be Cale’s birthday! Cale’s mom, Leslie DeJarnett, explained the medications and procedures they go through on a daily basis to help Cale breathe.
More statistics on CF include:
- About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
- More than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two.
- More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
- The predicted median age of survival for a person with CF is in the late 30s.
“This is our third year at CHS to help raise money to fight Cystic Fibrosis. We are proud to see our students and staff members donate for this cause and help to spread awareness of CF. We are thankful for all the support that can be given. Our students are very caring people. When Cale was getting ready to leave the auditorium, it was our students who started the song ‘Happy Birthday’ for him. His face just lit up and he even started to jump up and down. We are hopeful that with the help of our donations and fundraisers in the future, we can help Cale as well as other CF patients receive some relief from this disease,” said Assistant Principal Sarah Stott.
For more information on Cystic Fibrosis or to make a donation, please visit http://www.cff.org/.
Written by: Paula White
Posted: Feb 14, 2013 by Paula White