May was Cystic Fibrosis (CF) Awareness month. You’re probably saying to yourself “what the deuce is CF?” Well, chances are you can take comfort in the fact that you are not the only person. For a disease that affects more than 30,000 children and adults, with more than 1,000 new cases being diagnosed each year, it’s amazing how few people actually are “aware”.
To make things more difficult, we live in a world where every cause has a month where people dedicate their time and effort to increasing awareness and doing what they can to raise funds for their cause. ALS, Guide-dog awareness, National Bike Month, Mental Health, and Asthma are all “celebrated’ in the month of May alone.
This is all great news, but it makes it harder for smaller, lesser known organizations to break through the clutter and actually make a significant impact on their cause. In the case of CF, it’s rare to find someone who knows about this disease who does not have a personal connection to it. In other words, if your brother, best friend, significant other, etc. does not have CF then chances are most are unaware; the other option is ignorance which, in my opinion, is even more dangerous than not knowing about it at all.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has done miraculous things in the last 20 years to help improve the lives of those affected by CF. Funds have been raised and clinical studies have been conducted to help develop different treatment methods to combat the physiological effects of CF.
So to close, if you’re looking for worthy cause to support and get involved with I encourage you to reach out to your local CF community.
Get up. Be strong. Take action.