So who's it all for?

Well this challenge was started in order to help the Cystic Fibrosis West team raise the much needed funds required to build a very specialised day care unit at Mayo General Hospital, specifically for people with Cystic Fibrosis (PWCF). This unit will comprise of 2 isolated en-suite bedrooms that will incorporate a positive and negative pressure airflow system, a treatment room, meeting room, kitchen area, laboratory and a gym for treatment, exercise and fitness testing. The target for the build is €1 million and so far they’ve raised €600,000. We need your help to reach this goal and get them to the finish line!

What is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is Ireland’s most common life-threatening inherited disease, which primarily affects the lungs and digestive systems. It causes a thick mucus to be produced, making it difficult to clear bacteria - which eventually leads to cycles of lung infections and inflammation. A demanding daily routine of physical therapy is required help keep this under control. CF sufferers also find it hard to digest and absorb adequate nutrients from food, thus leaving them more prone to malnutrition. However, therapeutic options have expanded in recent years and as a result significant advances have been achieved in both life expectancy and quality of life.

Child suffering from Cystic Fibrosis

Approximately 1 in 19 people carry the CF gene and where two carriers have a baby together, there is a 1 in 4 chance of the child being born with the disease. There are in the region of 50 families who have one or more members with CF in the Mayo / North Galway area who attend Mayo General Hospital, Castlebar. However even with the dedication of CF team, there is a shorter life expectancy for patients in the west of Ireland than in other parts of the UK, Europe and North America. This is due in part to the lack of physical infrastructure once hospitalisation is required. We need to change this, and with your help we can really make an impact! Visit www.cfwest.ie for local info or www.cfireland.ie for nationwide information.

The Challenge