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A Father's Letter

Dear Concerned Friend,

Tova is a fun loving fifth grader who can jump rope and run with the best of them. Her big smile and high spirits make her a very popular little girl. Though she might appear well from the outside, beneath the surface tells a very different story.

At eleven months old, Tova was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis (CF). CF is a very serious genetic disease, which causes the body to produce abnormally thick mucus. As this mucus takes its toll in a child's daily life, it leads to chronic lung infections, and irrevocable lung damage. Without constant care, CF can even tragically shorten a child's life. As Tova's father, I am always amazed how each day she rises to the challenge and doesn't allow CF to get the best of her.

In Israel there are over four hundred CF children whose condition and family circumstances vary. What they all have in common is that children with CF require constant care and treatment. To keep these kids alive and out of the hospital, parents are faced with numerous daily challenges, not to mention the constant anxiety they endure having a chronically ill child. Keeping up with the numerous daily-required treatments they must give their children, including massage therapy, inhalations, and other physical activities is enough of a burden. That, coupled with the financial stress that treatments and medications impose is sometimes too much to bear.

In April 1997, I established a fund, Concerned Friends of Cystic Fibrosis (CFCF), in order to help alleviate some of the financial and emotional burdens that CF families face. Funds collected by CFCF are given to families who, if qualify, are able to purchase the basic needs for a CF child to survive.

Your generous gift to CFCF will make the difference in the quality of life and health for CF children and their families.

Thank you for your support!

Joe Shapiro - Founder/Father

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