From Professor Eitan Kerem, M.D.
July 10, 2005
Dear Concerned Friend,
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the mucous secreting glands of the body, especially affecting the mucous of the bronchial
tubes of the lungs. The lung problem can lead to progressive blockage, infection, and lung damage. The children require daily physiotherapy
sessions to drain the mucous, daily inhalations and antibiotics. Pancreatic blockage causes poor digestion and absorption of food. The
children require medications with every meal, in addition to vitamins and nutrition-rich supplements.
As a physician specializing in pediatric lung diseases and Cystic Fibrosis, I am constantly faced with this life shortening disease.
The parents and entire family have a very difficult daily burden in caring and coping with all of their children's needs both financially
and emotionally. I have known Joe Shapiro and his family for the last ten years. His organization Concerned Friends of Cystic Fibrosis (CFCF),
has been extremely instrumental in assisting my CF patients. I have personally witnessed a marketable improvement in their health and quality
of life. I look forward to continue working with Joe and CFCF, helping CF children until a final cure is discovered.
Professor Eitan Kerem, M.D.
Director of The CF Clinic
Head of Children's Pediatrics
Hadassah University Hospital