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Session of 2015 - 2016 Regular Session


Posted: May 4, 2016 11:16 AM
From: Senator Patricia H. Vance
To: All Senate members
Subject: Memo #25 - Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month
In the near future, I plan to introduce a resolution designating May 2016 as “Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States. A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond

Introduced as SR367