Sufferer helps others

Caz Boyd (Kardinya)
Caz Boyd (Kardinya)

‘I was living with Cystic Fibrosis which was destroying my lungs and I was told that if I didn’t have the transplant I would only survive two more years,’ Ms Boyd said

Nineteen years on and Ms Boyd is living life to the fullest. She is on the board of Cystic Fibrosis WA, works full time and is busy raising money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis.

As well as May being National Cystic Fibrosis month, Friday May 31 is CF national awareness day, known as 65 Roses Day, and Ms Boyd will be walking the streets of Perth selling roses for the cause

‘The money we raise goes directly to Cystic Fibrosis WA,’ she said.

Ms Boyd is one of about 350 West Australians suffering from the disease and said she hoped more people become aware of CF during the awareness month.

‘While more people are becoming aware of Cystic Fibrosis, it is not like cancer where unfortunately everybody knows someone affected,’ she said.

‘However, it is the most common genetic disease, where one in 25 people carry the gene.

‘Cystic Fibrosis destroys the lungs and as there is no known cure. The average life expectance of someone with CF is just 37 years.’

Cystic Fibrosis month aims to educate the public about the disease and raise money to ensure sufferers have support