In support of patients, caregivers, and others affected by cystic fibrosis, Walgreens is launching CF Champions: Navigating the Journey, Together during The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's National CF Awareness Month.
DEERFIELD, Ill., May 18, 2016 - In support of patients, caregivers and others affected by cystic fibrosis (CF), Walgreens is launching CF Champions: Navigating the Journey, Together during The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s National CF Awareness Month.
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Walgreens has teamed up with four Champions to share their stories through the new platform, including their experiences living with the disease and ideas for meeting challenges such as prevention of infection, nutrition and rigorous treatment regimens. The program aims to support patients and caregivers as they navigate their journey of living with CF.
The CF Champion Ambassadors were selected because they write about day-to-day life from differing perspectives yet share the common challenge of living successfully with cystic fibrosis. The Champions are:
Gerald Gleeson, group vice president, Walgreens enterprise specialty, said, “In the community of people involved with cystic fibrosis — patients, caregivers, health care professionals, researchers – there are many champions. We have selected some whose lives are touched by CF and who are also good storytellers, people who can share insights into the lives of families touched by this condition. We hope we can all learn something from them.”
By spurring positive conversation about managing their disease, CF Champions hope to provide motivation, inspiration and the latest best practices. The program website also offers trusted resources that simplify the medication access and adherence processes, and ultimately support patients’ desires to live happier, healthier lives.
About Cystic Fibrosis
According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, CF is a life-altering genetic disease which primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems
. People with CF carry a defective gene which causes a loss of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator protein activity leading to a buildup of thick, sticky mucus. Presently, there are approximately 30,000 children and adults living with CF in the U.S.
About Walgreens Cystic Fibrosis Services
Cystic Fibrosis Services Inc. is a Walgreens Alliance Pharmacy that provides specialized care to people living with CF. At Walgreens, we understand every journey is different and every moment is important, which is why we go beyond simply providing medication to offer a compassionate, holistic approach to care. Services include: