Biopharmaceutical company AbbVie and the non-profit organization Cystic Fibrosis Research, Inc. (CFRI) recently announced a new partnership at the 27th National Family Cystic Fibrosis Education Conference (August 1-3.) The partnership will highlight the CF Chef program, which will help raise both funding and awareness on the importance of a correct diet for patients suffering from Cystic Fibrosis (CF).
According to a press release, the new CF Chef Shares program partnership started at the end of last week and lasts until September 15th. Both institutions will match CF-related donations for every recipe submitted.
AbbVie, which manages the CF Chef program, will donate an additional $5,000 if 50 recipes are submitted to the CF Chef Shares website by August 8th. In addition, over the next six weeks, the company will continue to give additional donations of $10 per recipe submitted to CFRI, up to $10,000.
For their part, CFRI will use the amount collected during the donation period on educational resources and support for increasing awareness on the importance of a correct CF diet.
Both CF patients and supporters of the Cystic Fibrosis cause are invited to participate. For every recipe shared from the Online Cookbook on social media, an additional $2 will be donated.
The goal of this initiative is to encourage and educate patients to maintain a specific CF-healthy diet, which is critically important for people suffering from CF, since they have difficulties in digesting food, due to the mucus that collects in their digestive systems. Moreover, their pancreas doesn’t produce enough digestive pancreatic enzymes and therefore are unable to absorb calories and nutrients.
For these reasons, CF patients need to ingest more calories than people without CF.
CFRI executive director Sue Landgraf expressed the institution’s confidence in the new partnership’s mission of raising awareness on the importance of a “proper nutrition for those living with CF,” noting that “CF Chef has been a vital nutritional resource for patients and caregivers for years.”
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the respiratory, reproductive, and digestive systems of around 30,000 people in the United States.
Visit the CF Chef website to participate.