Proceeds from the Swamp Pop Music Festival benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care.
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a life-threatening genetic disease that occurs when a child inherits two copies of the defective CF gene – one from each parent. More than 10 million Americans (one in 31 people) are symptomless carriers of the gene. Each time two carriers conceive, there is a 25 percent chance their child will have CF.
The defective CF gene causes the body to produce an abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the airways and leads to life-threatening lung infections. The thick CF mucus also obstructs the pancreas, preventing enzymes from reaching the intestines to digest food.
There are approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States who have CF.
When the Foundation was established in 1955, children with CF rarely lived long enough to attend elementary school. Due in large part to the Foundation’s aggressive investments in innovative research and comprehensive care, many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.
The CF Foundation funds and accredits a national care center network — including Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans and LSU Medical Center in Shreveport — that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is one of the most efficient organizations of its kind and is an accredited charity of the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance.
You can help us add tomorrows every day for CF patients. Click here to DONATE to the Swamp Pop Music Festival and CF Foundation.