CYSTIC FIBROSIS RESEARCH INC

Rating: 4.95 stars   148 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 1731 Embarcadero Road Ste 210 Palo Alto CA 94303 USA

Mission: The mission of Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc. is to fund cystic fibrosis research, to offer educational & support programs and spread awareness of cystic fibrosis. What sets CFRI apart from other CF organizations is our commitment to provide educational and personal support to those living with cystic fibrosis and their families. It has been shown that informed and knowledgeable patients maintain healthier lives. We believe that the information and assistance that CFRI offers can help reduce much of the emotional and physical distress associated with this prevalent, life threatening genetic disease.
Programs: We fund cystic fibrosis research regionally and nationally and currently supporting 5 post-doctoral fellows and support 3 CF research projects at Stanford, UCSF, UCSD, CHORI, SDSU. We host an annual educational conference, attracting renown speakers and participants from across the country. We issue three newsletters per year, free of charge to over 15,000 constituents. We also hold an annual Teen and Adult retreat for the CF community. We provide on-going support groups for teens and adults with CF and for parents and caregivers of children with CF. We oversee and information based website which is accessed by over 5,500 people each month. A Caregivers support program has recently been launched for the CF community. We provide direct information and referral to all in our community. Educational materials are available and free to the community.
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This is a fine organization which we have supported for over 20 years. Although CFRI is in California and the Cystic Fibrosis Pharmacy, Inc. is in Florida, we have felt a very close kinship to the organization, the principles on which they stand, and their kindness and caring for others. Their yearly conferences cannot be beat for clinical information and comraderie. I am deeply impressed with the caliber of the research that they support and their dissemination to the professionals at their meetings. One of the most touching items of their agenda is the yearly Memorial Service which is a must for us to attend as we have known many of the patients over the years. We plan to continue to support their efforts for many years to come.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Not....I just pray that they continue to do the wonderful things that they are doing.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

As an allied health care provider for adults and children with CF for the past 30 years, I have nothing but great things to say about CFRI. The education and support they provide to families is second to none. CFRI holds themselves to a very high standard, in conduct as well as transparency. Their commitment to supporting basic research and evaluating each proposal is exemplary. CFRI fills a niche that other organizations do not in providing safe environments/access for the educational and psycho-social benefit of those affected with CF.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ask everyone to donate time, money or both!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have been volunteering for ~ 25 years for CFRI. CFRI reached out to us shortly after our daughter was born and diagnosed w/ CF. We were scared about how long our daughter would live. The life expectancy at that time was ~18 years but what did that really mean? How severe was our daughter's CF? What should we being doing as parents? Seemed like thousands of questions were racing thru our heads! CFRI was there to comfort and educate us! They pointed us to CF doctors and other members of the CF Community we could talk to. They are not just an organization formed to raise money for research! They are just as concerned about the quality of day-to-day life for people living w/ CF. I am convinced that the support and care that CFRI has provided has definitely helped extend the lives of those living w/ CF!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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I have had 40 years of experience with non-profits that support biomedical research, in the capacity of advisor, grantee, and reviewer. I've been involved in these capacities with CFRI for more than 10 years and I have to say that t hey are one of the most efficiently run groups I've worked with. They support patients, families and research scientists and are incredibly dedicated and effective at what they do. I

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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1 person found this review helpful

As a physician caring for children with CF I have nothing but admiration for this organization. The inclusiveness and truly patient and family centered approach that marks the conduct of their annual meetings is a model for all such organizations. Their commitment to fostering high level and innovative research is no less praiseworthy. Though I am certainly a fan of what the CFF has achieved, the CFRI fills a niche that other organizations do not in the direct access those actually affected by the disease have in every aspect of the CFRI's operations and events. Bravo.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give it a bigger budget!

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Their mission statement is a good one, but not all of their employees abide by it. Their director couldn't spend 10 minutes to fix a mistake to help someone in the CF community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Get rid of their director.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Unlikely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Hi. I work for the cystic fibrosis foundation, regional office in Wilson,NC. We call the whole country, every state; banks, stores, daycares, salons, schools, etc. to raise money for research! I love my job, you really get a chance to realize that you are making a difference! *team cf

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have been working with and served by CFRI since I was 7. They are a great non-profit that makes sure to put the people they serve before the "business." They make sure to have clients on the board so that the client point of view is always being voiced. At first I was served by them mainly because of the wonderful camp they held every summer for kids with Cystic Fibrosis and adults with CF to mentor the children. As I grew up the camp changed to a Retreat where teens and adults could share their experiences and learn from each other. It is one week where we are surrounded by others just like us. It is such a great experience. Also as I grew up I was asked to speak once at the conference that is geared more towards professionals and parents to a degree in the field of care of children and adults with CF. Also those that are currently researching items that could help the CF community. Often it is the researchers themselves that are supported by CFRI's grants. I have used the other CF non-profits and they all do some good for the CF community but in my opinion CFRI does the most for the CF community with what they have.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money so that they could grow throughout the country and effect more CF patients through out the country.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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I have experience with both CFRI and CFF and I would recommend CFRI any day of the week. They truly care about the CFer and our well being. They do whatever they can at anytime for anyone effected by CF. I have been associated with CFRI in some fashion now for over 25 years. They sponsored the CF Camps I went to as a kid, and then the Adult Retreats as I got older. They also sponsored the CF Conferences for not only those with CF but also our families and doctors. I have had the pleasure of speaking at the Conferences and they are highly informative and also an eye opener to many of the professionals there. The Retreats are great places of support for those with CF and our loved ones. Because of the Retreat my wife has had lots of support of others that have dealt with having someone with CF they love. She knows so many more people she can go to for advice because of CFRI. If it wasn't for CFRI most CFers would never get to meet others with CF face to face any more. CFRI not only makes sure that they support research but they actually support those of us dealing CF day in and day out.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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One of my favorite organizations! They do so much for the CF community, including providing a sense of community. There aren't enough words to say what they mean to me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Our son was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis just before his first birthday in 1989. Our doctor immediately referred us to CFRI as one of the few organizations committed to patient/parent education and improved care. I believe that the information I learned over the years, attending conferences and over the table as a volunteer packaging Mother's Day Tea invitations or processing donations, has kept my son in good health. Through CFRI, it's events and newletters, I was always up to date on the latest therapies and research. I was constantly heartened by the new of amazing research going on around the world. I was optimistic, as a result, that with commitment, discipline and good care my son could live a full life. He is now 25, working full time at a job (with insurance!) he enjoys, has purchased a home, and best of all lives independently and stays well. I'm convinced this would not be the case without CFRI, an extraordinary resource for parents and people with CF.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My son, diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at one, is now 23, holding down a demanding full time job, owns his own home and is healthy for someone with CF. I am crystal clear that this would not be the case had it not been for a long time connection with CFRI! This organization bridged the information gap that Stanford Hospital and CFF could not. They provided regular opportunities to brainstorm with other CF parents to discover what works, a newsletter that provides the latest on CF research, and a sense of a wider community supporting us as we raised our son. I can't begin to imagine life without CFRI, its many volunteers and donors (individuals and drug companies). As a result of my involvement with this organization I was an educated parent, a powerful advocate for my son's care, AND I had a sense of possibility and hope without which we would have suffered mightily as a family. I cannot acknowledge this organization enough - there aren't enough good words to describe the dedication and contribution of this organization to our lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes! I attend the annual education conference they organize and I receive their quarterly newsletter. When I have a question about medication or treatments someone at CFRI can point me to key people for information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd like to see CFRI's outreach touch even more people. This is a small but amazingly effective group of paid/volunteer staff, thoroughly dedicated and energized. It could make an even greater difference by reaching more people.

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