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Heather Land

Heather Land

Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. It causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and other areas of the body. It is one of the most chronic lung diseases in children and young adults, and sadly, it is a life-threatening disorder.


For many of us, breathing is something we take for granted; however, for those with cystic fibrosis, it is a daily struggle. Lung function often starts to decline in early childhood, making the simple act of breathing a difficult task. CF also affects the digestive system, as the mucus blocks tubs in the pancreas, which can cause vitamin deficiency and malnutrition.

Approximately 30,000 people in the United States live with cystic fibrosis, including my cousin, Rachel. Over the last 21 years, I have seen this young woman fight this disease like a BOSS. Not once have I heard her complain because she was sick- instead she chooses to live life to its fullest. Currently, Rachel is a rising senior at Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!) and getting a dual degree (yes, you read that correctly) in English with a concentration in Professional and Technical Writing and Music with a concentration in Vocal Performance. Do you know what that means? Upon graduation, she will receive TWO bachelor's degrees. This is absolutely incredible!

In Rachel’s words, “having CF is exhausting”. Because she coughs a lot during the night, she doesn’t get much sleep, yet she wakes up early every morning to do her nebulized medicines and wear a vest that shakes her lungs. After that, Rachel takes about 40 pills and tries to eat a large breakfast to make sure she maintains a healthy weight. After classes and all of her extracurricular activities, she starts the nebulized medicines and vest treatments again. In addition to this daily routine, Rachel has to regularly have her blood drawn, port flushed, and go to numerous appointments. Do you see why Rachel says it's exhausting?

Listed below are a few ways you can support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Brewer's Ball, CF patients, and Rachel:

•Pray: Please pray that one day "CF" still stand for "Cure Found".
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•Donate: Your financial gift is 100% tax deductible and almost 90% of each dollar goes directly towards CF research and development.

•Participate: Buy tickets to this year's Brewer's Ball! Ticket information to come; however, go ahead and mark your calendars for Friday, October 25. The event will be held from 7 PM - 11 PM at Hits at the Park Restaurant at Harbor Park Stadium.



Thank you from the bottom of my heart,

Heather

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