cystic-fibrosisEvery year around the holiday season, Dr. Dan and Dr. Abbie try to give a little bit more back to the community. This year Higgins Chiropractic is Accepting Breath of Life donations for the children suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.

What is Cystic Fibrosis (CF)?
According to Mayo Clinic, “Cystic Fibrosis is an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body.” In the lungs mucus will clog airways, trapping bacteria. In the pancreas, mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes which break down food and absorb nutrients. More than 30,000 children are living with Cystic Fibrosis in the U.S. (70,000 worldwide) (Source).

What are the Symptoms of CF?

  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Lung infections (Pneumonia or Bronchitis)
  • Persistent coughing with phlegm
  • Poor growth of weight gain
  • Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty with bowel movements
  • Salty skin (People with CF have higher than normal levels of salt in their sweat)
  • Most men with CF are infertile

What Causes Cystic Fibrosis?
In Cystic Fibrosis, a defect in a gene changes a protein that regulates the movement of salt in and out of cells. A thick, sticky mucus is the result and it will build up in the respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. Children with CF inherit one copy of the gene from each parent. If they only have one copy, they will not develop the disease; however, they will be carriers and could possibly pass the gene to their own children someday.

What is the Breath of Life Foundation and How Can I Help?
Lauren Arkens was born with CF in 1984. The Arken’s family knows all too well everything CF has to offer such as insurance, medical diagnoses, mental fatigue, stress and financial struggles. In December 2015, Lauren was granted a “second chance” to live without Cystic Fibrosis. Although the race is over with CF, they want to help others fight! That is how the “Breath of Life Foundation” was found. As a non-profit organization, the board members along with volunteers work with Cystic Fibrosis centers in Green Bay and Milwaukee to filter funds directly to families that need it. For more information check out their Facebook page.

This year you can help Higgins Chiropractic donate some very special items to the children at these facilities. Every donation will give you the chance to win a special Higgins Chiropractic gift basket! Check out this page to learn what can and cannot be donated! Thank you for all your help!

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