Cough. Cough. Cough. Time to take that antibiotic and use a ventilator to clear the mucus from your lungs. But this isn’t just a temporary illness; for anyone with the hereditary cystic fibrosis disease, this is an everyday part of life—along with frequent infections, poor growth, and infertility. People like Stevens-Henager College Respiratory Therapy student Mandie Rudd and her sister Natalie Rudd are two of the estimated 70,000 people suffering from the incurable disease.
Mandie has been seeing a doctor for cystic fibrosis treatment her whole life, and that’s what encouraged her to pursue her own respiratory therapy career. “We figured it would be a good idea for me to pursue a career in a field I could easily empathize with the patients I am working with,” she explains. Most people affected by cystic fibrosis seek help from respiratory therapists, and Rudd has found being on the other side has improved her own progress. But she didn’t want to stop there.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the world’s leader in the search for a cure for the disease, and they fund more research than any other organization. One way they raise this money is through several fundraisers such as the Great Strides event, which Mandie and Natalie have been participating in for three years. “[People with cystic fibrosis] don’t always go out because of weakened immune systems. It’s fun to see others and get support,” she explains. They started Team Rudd two years ago, and now the Salt Lake City/Murray campus respiratory therapy students are joining the effort for the CF Great Strides 5K:
Day: Saturday, May 3, 2014
Check-in: 9:00 a.m.
Start Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Kiwanis Park
Address: 820 N. 100 E., Provo, UT
Over 57 people will be joining the team to walk, but you don’t have to be a student or even show up; donations are still greatly appreciated. You can support them here. All of the proceeds generated by Team Rudd and others will be given to the foundation to continue their efforts.
Let’s make CF stand for “Cure Found.” See the flyer for more details.
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