Multitasker Andy Lipman holds his children while doing therapy for cystic fibrosis.

Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease. People with CF have inherited two copies of the defective CF gene -- one copy from each parent. Both parents must have at least one copy of the defective gene.

  • More than 30,000 people are living with cystic fibrosis (more than 70,000 worldwide).
  • Approximate 1,000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year.
  • More than half of the CF population is age 18 or older.
  • Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.
  • In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

For additional information, visit the following site:

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

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Learn more about Andy Lipman, the founder of "A Wish for Wendy" at www.andylipman.org.