THE REDBONE “TO CATCH THE CURE” FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS
Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures is proud to support the Redbone “To Catch the Cure” for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. This February 16 – 21 will be the fifth straight charity fishing trip Yellow Dog has organized for this important cause. The first three tournaments were at Grand Slam Lodge in Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula and this year we are heading back to Swain’s Cay Lodge on Andros Island in the Bahamas.
This annual group of 22 hard-charging anglers has become a tight knit of strong friends. Through their generosity over $100,000 has been raised to fight this disease and raise awareness for cystic fibrosis. They have battled 30 knot winds in Ascension Bay and still caught big permit. Last year records low temps hovered over the bights of Andros Island, and the group still caught over 70 bones with two over ten pounds. While this is a fly-fishing competition, all the participants realize the true cause is to support the Redbone foundation, and have some fun along the way!
Cystic fibrosis (CF) is the number-one genetic killer of children and young adults in this country. CF causes the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus which clogs the lungs. This abnormal mucus leads to chronic lung infections, fatal lung damage, and also interferes with digestion. Approximately 30,000 people in the United States have CF. A child must inherit two defective CF genes — one from each parent — to be born with CF. Ten million Americans (one in 29) are symptomless carriers of the defective CF gene. Every day, approximately three babies are born with CF in this country and every day at least one person with CF will die. In 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation was founded to benefit, fight and cure cystic fibrosis. This Foundation is one of the most efficient voluntary health organizations of its kind. More than 90 percent of the dollars raised by the Foundation is available for investment in CF research, care and medical programs. Currently, the Foundation supports landmark human gene therapy studies which are evaluating several gene delivery strategies in people with CF. Despite its magnitude, gene therapy only constitutes one avenue of research funded by the Foundation. Pharmacological approaches study ways to control CF by attacking the chronic infections, and thinning the mucus that ravages the lungs of individuals with CF. The results of these studies will determine the best treatments to alleviate CF-related problems and improve the quality of life for people with CF.
For more information and how to contribute to Redbone please go to http://www.redbone.org/.
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