Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Please Help

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.

The Great Strides walk and auction raises money to help find a cure for this disease. My friend Jenn has a daughter, Cassie, who was diagnosed with CF three years ago; Jenn is organizing a fundraising auction to benefit the CF Foundation.

There are a lot of ways you can help:

1. Contribute to the eBay auction that Jenn is coordinating - either by donating items to auction, or bidding on those items

2. Contribute to Team Cassiebug - you don't need to live in Texas to be a part of their Great Strides team!

3. Purchase a copy of Cadberry's Letters, a book written by Jenn to explain CF to kids

Please, take a moment to visit her post at http://tapestrymlp.livejournal.com/395008.html to learn more about CF and the details on how you can help contribute and make a difference.

I also challenge you to spread Jenn's post and this information far and wide. We have a huge network of friends, communities, colleagues, and family on the Internet and beyond - if we all take a moment to spread the word and take the time to contribute, we really can help make CF history!

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