May is National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month raising awareness and fighting to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis is a chronic illness affecting thousands of young Australians each year, affecting their lungs and digestive systems.
Brodie was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was just eight weeks old. Since then, his family has been on a mission to extend his life through a daily regime that includes up to 22 tablets, nebulised treatments and physiotherapy.
During his life, Brodie has endured multiple operations and countless hospital admissions for IV antibiotics and vitamin replacement treatments.
Brodie has also developed diabetes and liver disease, a consequence of having cystic fibrosis. Every year, Brodie travels to Brisbane’s Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital for a full check up.
The Children’s Hospital Foundation has invested more than $2,250,000 in the last five years, funding world-class clinical research into cystic fibrosis, looking at ways patients can receive better treatments and ultimately live longer through a new combination of drugs.
Just 20 years ago, it was rare for a child with cystic fibrosis to survive beyond their teens. Thankfully, research has increased the quality of life and more than doubled the survival rate for kids like Brodie with cystic fibrosis.