The “Cystic FibRoses” 2019 calendar is a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The calendar collects 14 original pieces of rose-themed art in a wide variety of styles and media. All proceeds will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to support their patient advocacy and search for a cure.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects about 70,000 people world wide. Similar to Sickle Cell Anemia, Cystic Fibrosis pops up when a child inherits a mutated gene from both their mother and father. This gene makes the mucus in the lungs and digestive tract thicker and stickier than the norm, which makes the lungs a breeding ground for bacteria, which in turn leads to chronic infections and permanent lung damage. The thick mucus can also affect nutrient absorption, which can lead to malnutrition and difficult gaining weight. As time goes on, Cystic Fibrosis can impact the liver, pancreas, bone density, fertility, and more.
How Can I Help?
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (https://www.cff.org) is the leading non-profit aimed helping those with Cystic Fibrosis. Their goal 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.” If you would like to donate directly to the CFF, you can do so here.
You can also support the CFF via the “Cystic FibRoses” 2019 Calendar, an unofficial fundraiser for the CFF. I have contributed artwork to the calendar, so I am somewhat partial towards the product. But whether you help by buying a calendar or directly donating to the CFF, every bit helps.