Consider these statistics:
- 30,000 children and adults have CF in the United States.
- More than 10 million Americans are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene.
- The disease occurs in one of every 3,500 live births of all Americans, and almost 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year.
Because cystic fibrosis is considered an “orphan disease” — that is, one that affects fewer than 200,000 people and is less likely to be adopted by the pharmaceutical industry because there are few financial incentives to make new medications — the foundation has had to put hundreds of millions of its dollars toward research. Throughout the years, American has raised more than $33 million to support the mission of the CF Foundation, primarily through the annual American Airlines Celebrity Ski event.
What You Can Do
Great Strides is the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's largest national fundraising event. In 2013, Great Strides raised nearly $42 million to help support vital CF programs.
Find a Walk.
Be an advocate for people with cystic fibrosis. If you’re not already a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Facebook fan, become one — and ask 10 friends to “like” the CF Foundation. Tweet using the hash tag #CFAwarenessMonth and re-tweet CF tweets, as well.
Miles for Kids in Need®.
Your unused AAdvanage® miles help hundreds of children’s organizations like the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. These miles help power the Foundation’s mission, which is to find a cure for cystic fibrosis and improve the quality of life for people living with the disease. They accomplish this by funding life-saving research and working to provide access to quality care and effective therapies for people with CF.