Americas Got Talent Brings Attention to Cystic Fibrosis
Like any contestant on America’s got talent, no one knows if the participant will get buzzed off or accepted to go to Vegas and eventually win. Two sisters, Christina & Ali, who both have Cystic Fibrosis (CF) performed on America’s Got Talent last night and took America by storm.
The sisters come from a family of four siblings who all have CF. This disease is inherited and it affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.
Currently in America, about 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year. More than 70% of those are diagnosed by age two. More than 45% of the CF patient population is age 18 or older.
Some of the symptoms of CF very salty-tasting skin; persistent coughing, at times with phlegm; frequent lung infections; wheezing or shortness of breath; poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite; and frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
It seems that each week America’s got talent, they introduce some sappy "sentimental story" to the show to lure the hearts of the American people. Many times the contestants get buzzed off however, last night, Christina and Ali brought applause, a standing ovation and tears from with their pure talent and drive and determination as they sang a Miley Cyrus song.
The girls were told by doctors that they would not be able to sing and their dreams were to be tossed out. Christina and Ali like many people, showed doctors that they could defeat the odds and achieve their dreams despite their medical condition.
Their performance was not about CF but what they could achieve in spite of CF. They said CF does not define them, that they define themselves. The girls asked the judges to look beyond the CF and see them just for their talent. Their main message was “You can achieve your dreams.”