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Great Strides Walk

Did you know that approximately 1 in 3,300 Caucasian children in the U.S. have Cystic Fibrosis? CF is a common genetic condition in individuals of Caucasian and Hispanic ancestry. It is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. A defective gene causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that can lead to lung infections or a blockage in the pancreas, which stops the natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food. Although there is no cure for CF, advances in research and medical treatments have extended life for individuals with CF. In July 2008, Desert Perinatal was directly impacted by CF when a staff member (Misty Thomas) … [Read more...]