About Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CCFF) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF) and their family members. Cystic fibrosis is a rare inherited disorder that affects many exocrine (“outward-secreting”) glands of the body including the sweat glands, salivary glands, and those within the pancreas and respiratory system. Due to unusually thick secretions of mucus that clog and obstruct air passages of the lungs, affected individuals experience chronic coughing and an increased susceptibility to repeated lung infections. Individuals with CF also exhibit an inability to break down food and absorb fats and nutrients properly; have abnormally salty sweat containing elevated levels of chloride and sodium; and/or may demonstrate other abnormalities. Established in 1960, the Canadian Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is committed to conducting research into improved care and treatment for CF, seeking a cure or control for the disorder, and promoting public awareness. In addition, the foundation offers support groups, engages in patient advocacy, provides referrals, and promotes patient, professional, and general education.