Fourteen-year-old Alexandra Roberts was the first guest on Tuesday's FOX 4 Morning Show. Roberts is battling cystic fibrosis. She was joined by Jillian Williams of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to talk about the disease and how it affects children and adults right here in the Kansas City metro area.
According to the foundation, 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.
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure.
For more information, go to the foundation's website at http://www.cff.org/