Why do an Adult Prom to fight Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic fibrosis is a chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. People with cystic fibrosis produce mucus that is abnormally thick and sticky that can obstruct the airways causing severe breathing problems and bacterial infections in the lungs. This disease occurs in 1 in 2500-3500 Caucasian newborns and less in other ethnic groups.
Because this disease is one that is present from birth, many children are dealing with things that would be difficult even for adults. Due to the large amount of mucus their body creates for many their pancreas is no longer functioning. They will now have to, and will always have to take enzymes prior to every meal they eat to do the work of the pancreas- aid in digestion. In addition, they also will have to undergo chest physical therapy multiple times a day for the rest of their life. This consists of percussion on the chest, side and back to loosen and break up mucus that damages and causes lung failure.
Due to research, some progress has been made, and groups that have a particular strand of CF have found treatments to keep everything in check.
Our hope is that with continued support and research everyone with Cystic Fibrosis will be able to experience this same relief very soon.