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Nica Life's Partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

November 20, 2015

Nica Life's Partnership with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

Nica Life has partnered with the CF Foundation to create a beautiful hand stamped "breathe" charm necklace to help fight CF. For every $30 necklace sold, $15 will be donated to the CF foundation. The necklace is beaded with the signature CF purple and the brass stamped charm is finished with a signature Nica paper bead. These paper beads make each necklace unique so you can know that your life saving necklace is one of a kind. 

The fight for a cure is a personal one for those of us Nica Life because of these two beautiful girls, Rylan and Sutton.  They were both born with Cystic Fibrosis. Though there have been advancements in treatment, their life expectancy is only around 40. Their lives would just be beginning, their children not yet grown. But we can change that. A cure has been found for around 50% of CF patients. Unfortunately, the cure won’t work for Rylan and Sutton’s CF gene, but we are so close! The CF Foundation will keep pushing, and in a matter of years, they may have Rylan and Sutton’s cure.

What is CF?

Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients.

People with cystic fibrosis are at greater risk of getting lung infections because thick, sticky mucus builds up in their lungs, allowing germs to thrive and multiply. Lung infections, caused mostly by bacteria, are a serious and chronic problem for many people living with the disease. Minimizing contact with germs is a top concern for people with CF.