Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is the most common life-threatening inherited disease in Australia. It affects 1 in 2500 children and 1 in 25 people are carriers of the CF gene.
CF primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems, and patients generally suffer chronic lung infections. Many suffer complications such as diabetes and osteoporosis, and many ultimately require lung transplants.
CF is a high maintenance disease with daily treatment involving physiotherapy, antibiotics, vitamins and digestive enzymes.
CF is currently incurable however 80% of those born with CF this century are expected to reach their 30th birthday.