This post was sponsored by Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received compensation as a thank you for my post
One day last school year I was sorting through my 1st grade son’s school folder. I’m pretty good at keeping track of most of the papers that come home by going through his folder daily.
That day I was surprised to find a fundraising letter from one of his classmates who was participating in a walk to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research. I was surprised to learn that this little boy, so much like my own son, had cystic fibrosis.
The letter from the child’s mother was very informative about cystic fibrosis and what the disease means to this little child’s lifestyle. It was very eye opening to know that a family in our own school is living with this disease.
Like most people I’d heard of cystic fibrosis, but I had no idea what it was or how it impacted families until that day last year when a family took the time to reach out to their child’s classmates.
CF is a life long disease that affects the respiratory and digestive systems approximately 30,000 people in the United States. I was surprised that people with CF can lead a fairly normal lifestyle, but they must strictly adhere to medication regimens.
I can’t imagine how hard it is for the parent of a child in 1st grade to have to be so concerned about medications and their health. I can imagine it to be a lonely place with few people understanding the journey. I’m glad my son’s classmate’s parents reached out to inform so many of us.
And that is exactly the goal of Walgreens’ CF Champions “Navigating The Journey Together” program. CF Champions provides a place for patients, caregivers, and others affected by CF to connect and encourage one another.
Check out the stories of four individuals who despite dealing with a complicated disease are choosing to look on the bright side.