Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an incurable life-limiting genetic condition which affects more than 10,800 people in the UK. 1 in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing. The condition causes sticky mucus to build up in the lungs, digestive system and other organs. The current average age of death is devastatingly just 36 years old.

Cystic fibrosis comes with challenges, affecting physical health, mental wellbeing and how people choose to live their lives. People with CF often have to undergo a rigorous daily regime of treatments to stay healthy and avoid hospitalisation. This can include taking inhaled and injected drugs to clear mucus and fight infections, taking dozens of pills and hours of physiotherapy morning and night. Unlike any other condition, people with CF cannot meet each other in person as if they did, they could infect each other with harmful infections and become sick. CF can be a very isolating experience, when you can’t be close to people who are going through the same thing as you.

Cystic Fibrosis Trust is the charity uniting people to stop cystic fibrosis. They improve care, speak out, provide support and fund vital research to race towards effective treatments for all. They’re there to make sure everyone with cystic fibrosis can live without limits.

When they announced the new treatment would be available to me I broke down crying. It was at that moment that I knew I could have a future and could start planning it again. My dreams of a career, making plans with my friends and family could now be a reality.
Lucy, young person with CF

Cystic Fibrosis Trust and their community won’t stop until cystic fibrosis stops damaging and shortening lives. Let’s unite for a life unlimited.

Please consider supporting the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and helping us create a world where people with cystic fibrosis can live their lives unlimited by this cruel condition.