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Since being founded in 2003, the Cystic Fibrosis Lifestyle Foundation (CFLF) has led the community on integrating exercise as part of disease management. The CFLF impact on the cystic fibrosis community has transformed lives and treatment protocol from a time when exercise was believed to be detrimental to CF.

As recently as 1982, not much research existed about exercise and CF.

Early research suggested that exercise could actually be more detrimental than beneficial for people living with CF.


The CFLF moves the dial on integrating exercise in the medical arena.

In 2006, the North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference (NACFC) had one session about exercise and CF. In 2008, one year following the launch of the CFLF Recreation Grant program, the NACFC theme focussed on exercise and CF.

The CFLF has received more than 3,000 requests for recreational support from all 50 states and Canada since 2007.
The average age of people who have applied for CF Recreation Grants is nearly 20. Grant recipient ages range from six months to 84 years old!
65 %
While the majority of applications
for recreation grants are approved, limited funds have made CF Recreation Grants a competitive program.

Our Annual Reports

Transparency is an essential part of the CFLF values in sharing with donors, care providers, patients and sponsors the impact of every dollar on impacting lives like Sabrina’s.

See Past Grant Recipient Stories


Many individuals helped through the CF Recreation Program continue to build their life around exercise as a lifestyle. You can find more information about our STROLO Star Program through the link below!

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For more than 20 years, your contributions have made the difference. As a tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization, contributions and donations and volunteers are the lifeblood of such a powerful impact on the lives of people with cystic fibrosis.

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