Currently 330 West Australians are suffering from the disease.
The condition is caused through a faulty gene that allows too much salt and not enough water into the cells, so a build-up of mucus occurs in the lungs or digestive system, which can’t be cleared. It usually leads to irreparable lung damage and chronic infection, resulting in the need for lung transplantation or death.
Lesmurdie school teacher Angela Davey (32) was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was three years old.
Five years ago Ms Davey had a life-|saving lung transplant operation, which allows her to live life without taking a lot of medication and antibiotics. She said it was important for people to dig deep this month to help the search for a cure.
May 31 is national Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Day and Cystic Fibrosis WA is aiming to raise $1 million by the end of the month for treatment and research.
The foundation is encouraging people to take part in the 65 Roses Challenge by participating in an event themed around the number 65.
Cystic Fibrosis WA chief executive Nigel Barker said the money raised would have an important effect on the longevity and quality of life for a cystic fibrosis sufferer.
‘Our vision is to ensure lives are unaffected by cystic fibrosis and make sure every child is able to reach their full potential, unencumbered by the condition.’
To get involved, visit www.65roseswa. org.au.