Thursday, March 7, 2013

We Need You!

For 7 years, Carter has been fighting Cystic Fibrosis.  Every year, every month, every day, he has shown us what it means to be strong and courageous.  Carter takes 15-20 pills daily to digest his food.  He spends at least two hours/day inhaling medicines and doing physiotherapy. When he is sick, treatments increase to 4-5 hours/day to help his body fight back to good health.  He deals with frequent doctor visits & tests, has had several sinus surgeries, and has battled some serious lung infections. Carter has to do these things in order to look and feel healthy like other kids, but he has never let it hold him back.

Every year at this time, we ask for your help.  We ask that you help us to raise the very important funds that are needed to help our son have access to better treatments, and bring us closer to a CURE!  A donation of any amount that you are able to give is greatly appreciated to help support Cystic Fibrosis Canada though our team "Carter's Crew" and the Great Strides Walk.  If you don't mind doing a little fundraising, we would love to have you sign up to walk with Carter's Crew.  It is always a fun and inspiring day, and it means so much to us to feel such strong support from our team.  It gives us hope, and encouragement that we are really making a difference for those with CF.  The 2013 walk is happening on May 26 and we are busy getting a team together and planning a few fundraisers.  The links you need for donating or joining 'Carter's Crew' follow below, but you can also always find the info and links under the Great Strides TAB above.

There are amazing drugs on the horizon that would help correct the defect that causes CF!  By supporting CF Canada, you are helping to make new and better treatments available for our son and bringing us closer to our dream of a cure.  We are working hard to ensure that Carter stays as healthy as possible for when that day comes, and we feel the urgency to do all we can to help.  We have so much love for our son, and hope for his future, and we are fiercely fighting for the day when he does not have to work so hard for his health!


To JOIN Carter's Crew CLICK HERE
Some CF Facts: 
  • Of the 40 patients that died in Canada in 2010, half were under 26 years old
  • One in every 3,600 children born in Canada has cystic fibrosis
  • Approximately 4,000 individuals with cystic fibrosis attend one of the 42 specialized cystic fibrosis clinics across Canada
  • One in 25 Canadians carries a defective version of the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis
  • In the 1960’s, most children with cystic fibrosis did not live long enough to attend kindergarten
  • Today, half of all Canadians with cystic fibrosis are expected to live into their 40s and beyond
  • 85% of individuals with cystic fibrosis must take pancreatic enzymes to digest food and absorb nutrients
  • 31% of female adults with cystic fibrosis and 19% of male adults with CF are classified as underweight
  • 44 CF patients received transplants in 2010, more than double compared to a decade ago
 (as taken from the Cystic Fibrosis Canada website )

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