May Charity of the Month: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
May 3, 2017
Newt and Callista Gingrich
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The Gingrich Foundation is proud to honor the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation as its May Charity of the Month. The CF Foundation has worked for more than 60 years to help fight and find a cure for cystic fibrosis, a tragic disease that affects tens of thousands of Americans and many more worldwide.
Cystic fibrosis is a rare genetic condition that affects the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. The disease often leads to respiratory infections which can even necessitate lung transplants. It was once fatal for infants and young children, but many suffering from the illness today survive for decades with proper treatment. These incredible medical strides give us hope that someday the disease will be cured.
We owe much of this progress to the work of the CF Foundation, which was founded in 1955 and has provided crucial support for research to help fight the illness. With funding from the CF Foundation, scientific and medical researchers have invented dozens of new drugs for treatment – and learned much about the genetic roots of this hereditary disease. In fact, in 1989, a project supported by the CF Foundation identified the gene that causes cystic fibrosis.
Today, the CF Foundation supports further genetic research on cystic fibrosis to eliminate symptoms and help those afflicted with the disease live full lives. It uses “venture philanthropy” as its model for drug development by providing targeted funding to drug makers working on breakthrough drugs to treat and cure the disease. The model has been incredibly successful and has helped double the life expectancy of those living with cystic fibrosis over the last 30 years.
Nationwide, the CF Foundation supports a network of 120 care centers and 53 affiliate programs, each of which is working to improve treatment and quality of life for patients suffering with cystic fibrosis in local communities across the country.
For the more than 30,000 Americans suffering with cystic fibrosis, the CF Foundation is on the front lines of the fight against the disease and the search for a cure. We hope you will join us in supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation today.