You may know, Azer has Cystic Fibrosis. This is a genetic disease. It affects how the body makes mucus. The mucus in Azer’s body is very thick, and causes chronic and frequent lung infections. It also causes him to have a hard time digesting fat and protein. He eats high calorie foods to try to compensate for this, but he is unable to eat enough to gain weight, hence the need for the feeding tube. He receives more than 1,200 calories through it a day.
Azer takes about 20 medications a day, and does about 2 hours of breathing treatments a day to keep his lungs clear. We also exercise and jog. Exercise is one of the best ways to keep his lungs healthy, we’ve found.
The life expectancy used to be only in the teens. But now, the average life expectancy is 37 years. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation works hard creating new medications, and they are working to find a potential cure, too.
We are walking at the Dallas Great Strides 5k Walk, Saturday May 21st. Check in is at 8:00am being held at the Vitruvian Park in the heart of Addison.
We are a team this year, called Joggers for Azer. If you are interested in walking with us this year, you can sign up here to join our team
If you can’t walk on Saturday, that’s ok too!! Go to the website, and if you could donate a dollar, we would love it! The funds go directly to the CF Foundation, which goes to research for Cystic Fibrosis.
Dallas Great Strides
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Check in: 8am
Location: Vitruvian Park,
Fun, Food and Much More!