Buy a Holiday Classic, Raise Money for Cystic Fibrosis
CVS Pharmacy and Warner Home Video have partnered with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to raise money for cystic fibrosis this holiday season through the sale of some classic family movies.
Through December 25, 2009, five dollars from the purchase of one three animated holiday favorites from a CVS retail store will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The videos include “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “The Year without a Santa”, and “Jack Frost”.
“We’ve made tremendous strides in increasing life expectancy for cystic fibrosis, but this devastating disease still takes the lives of too many children and adults,” said C. Richard Mattingly, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. “The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is thrilled that CVS/pharmacy and Warner Home Video are joining us in the effort to raise dollars to fight cystic fibrosis and ultimately find a cure.”
Cystic fibrosis is a fatal genetic disease that causes the body to produce a thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and premature death. It also obstructs the pancreas and stops the natural enzymes from breaking down and absorbing food.
CF can cause a variety of symptoms, including very salty-tasting skin, persistent coughing and phlegm, wheezing or shortness of breath, poor growth and weight gain despite good appetite, and frequent greasy bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements.
CF affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States and about 70,000 people worldwide. Approximately 1000 new cases of CF are diagnosed each year. In the 1950’s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Because of dramatic improvements in research and care, the predicted median age of survival for people with CF has increased to more than 37 years.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, started in 1955 and based in Bethesda, Maryland, is a leader in the search for a cure for cystic fibrosis. The Foundation funds more CF research than any other organization The CFF also supports and accredits a national care center network that has been recognized by the National Institutes of Health as a model of care for a chronic disease.