April 4, 2013: A local group will be hosting a Wine, Cheese, and Chocolate Event on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Belmont Country Club from 7:00 – 10:00 PM. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to be used to research a cure for the disease.
Tickets are $30 each and may be purchased in advance by sending an email to [email protected] or calling 419-873-5779.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that: clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
A total of 160 patients with Cystic Fibrosis from this area are cared for by the local Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Toledo Hospital. Violet Jane O’Leary, Perrysburg, Ohio, is counted in this number.
Violet’s family was devastated when they learned of Violet’s inherited disease when she was just 10 days old. Simple acts of breathing and eating are a challenge for her each day. At 17 months old she is now taking 20 – 25 pills a day in order to digest her food and has a minimum of two 45 minute breathing treatments each day to keep her lungs clear.
Advances continue to be made in finding a cure, but help is needed now, more than ever, to keep up the momentum of this life-saving research. We’re certain that a cure is just around the corner but it can’t come soon enough for someone living with Cystic Fibrosis.
For more information, please contact Bonnie Ash at 419-874-9806/419-467-4921.