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WHEREAS, cystic fibrosis, commonly referred to as CF, is an inherited disease of the secretory glands that make mucus and sweat; and
WHEREAS, individuals with CF have mucus that builds up and blocks their airways, causing bacteria to develop into serious lung infections over time; and
WHEREAS, CF also causes sweat to become very salty, which can lead to a mineral imbalance in the blood; and
WHEREAS, in the United States, CF occurs in about 1 in 2,500 to 3,500 Caucasian newborns, 1 in 17,000 African American newborns, and 1 in 31,000 Asian American newborns; and
WHEREAS, since 2014, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has provided more than $6 million in grants for research conducted in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, thanks in large part to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 14 cystic fibrosis therapies have been approved and are in use by patients, four of which target the underlying cause of the disease; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was established in 1992, and since 2000, the Chapter has contributed approximately $26.7 million to help support the fight against cystic fibrosis through fundraising events, campaigns, and initiatives, such as Great Strides, Starry Night Chefs Event, Virginia's Finest Young Professionals, and Xtreme Hike; and
WHEREAS, Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to increase awareness about CF and to encourage continued research for a cure;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2021 as CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.