By Karin McCay| email
Edited by Kristin Beerman | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Cystic fibrosis is a disease in which a thick mucus develops in the lungs making it hard to breathe. If both parents carry the gene, like Ben and Cassie Medina, there is a one in four chance they will have a child with C.F.
The Medinas have two children; both their girls have cystic fibrosis. Thirty years ago, a patient was lucky to live into their 20's, but today, new treatments are bringing a new outlook on life.
"The latest data says that the mean life expectancy is thirty seven years. There are even individuals living into their 40s. I've taken care of individuals that were in their 60's," said Adaobi Kanu, M.D., a Pediatric Pulmonologist with the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
The effort continues though to find a cure, which is why C.F. families, friends and supporters are joining the Great Strides Walk this Saturday at Lubbock Christian University. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:30 a.m., please call (806)786-1363 for more information.
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