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Darlene Batchelder

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Review for Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Review for Cystic Fibrosis Research Inc, Palo Alto, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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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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