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Cystic Fibrosis Diagnoses Before Age 2

Erin’s Story

Erin, age 16, was diagnosed at birth with Cystic Fibrosis. Less than 20 hours after being born, Erin underwent surgery for merconium ilius. Erin was also diagnosed as pancreatic insufficient and taking enzymes in applesauce by the time she was 3 months old. We did manual chest physiotherapy and nebulizer treatments from the beginning and were fortunate enough to get her a vest by the time she was 2 1/2. She struggled with weight gain and infections, but we thought she was beating the odds. While most kids receive their first hospitalization by kindergarten, Erin was 9 by the time she was admitted for her first ‘clean out’.
Sara K's Story - Our Impact

Sara K’s Story

The Breath of Life Foundation truly gives our family hope that there are opportunities to help my kids who have cystic fibrosis stay healthy through exercise. The best thing for their lungs is for them to keep active and enjoy exercising. My son loves Lacrosse all year round and Football and my daughter loves to dance.
Depending on the severity of the disease, individual expenses for CF treatment ranged from $6,200 to $43,300 in 2013.

A Letter from Froedtert Hospital CF Adult Clinic

I am writing this letter to say huge thanks for all that you and your foundation do help our CF patients. The foundation has been extremely generous in funding items that our patients would not otherwise be able to afford. Insurance has been covering less and less and our patients have turned to you for those co-pays and other costs associated with CF care.
Callaway's Story - Fight for a cure.

Callaway’s Story

Callaway Henry Adelmeyer was born Wednesday, August 28th at 4:30 pm. Callaway, along with every child born in the last 30+ years got the new born screening, one of the tests is for cystic fibrosis (CF). We got the phone call when Callaway was two weeks old from his pediatrician that the test for cystic fibrosis came back showing he might have it. With no idea what cystic fibrosis was, we were set up with an appointment to meet with a doctor at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee the following day.
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Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Story

For the last two holiday seasons, Breath of Life Foundation has provided the Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients and their families at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with an amazing supply of toys, crafts, games, activity/coloring books, sports balls, and a wide variety of books for all ages.
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The Richlen Family Story

Our story about cystic fibrosis began almost 6 years ago when our daughter Courtney was born. She was 6 lbs. 6 ounces when she first came into our lives. Courtney was barely a week old when we learned that a newborn screen showed that she had cystic fibrosis. Later a sweat test confirmed this even more. Our child quickly became a patient at the Pulmonary Clinic at Children’s Hospital in Milwaukee, WI and was assigned to a wonderful team of doctors. Courtney receives excellent care from her skilled team of medical professionals.
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Megan’s Story

Over the past 10 years, I have had an uphill struggle with medical debt. I am still struggling as it has been very difficult obtaining the proper health insurance for my needs. With the help of the Breath of Life Foundation, I had been able to get out from underneath some of my medical debt.
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