Through recreation grants and educational programs the CFLF assists people living with CF to thrive, not just survive. By inspiring healthy and active lifestyles through fitness, exercise, and outdoor recreation activities the CFLF educates people living with Cystic Fibrosis about the critical psychological, social and emotional connections between their lifestyle and their health.
CF Recreation Grants are intended to encourage activities that physically challenge the body and the lungs, while also the supporting social and emotional difficulties associated with chronic disease.
Living Stronger! Living Longer! is the tagline of the CFLF that has been mashed to create STROLO! Addition programs including educational, advocacy opportunities and featured stories through video interviews and blog articles continually provide opportunities for powerful inspiration for the CF community.
Beginning in 2006, with an epic cycling trip spanning the Eastern seaboard from the Canadian border of Maine to Key West, Florida the CFLF began the vision of reaching a national audience with the inspiration of living beyond the perceived boundaries of life with CF. In 2020, the CFLF expanded reach with Canadian Recreation Grants, and bringing presence to conferences around the world.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.