Senate Passes Murray Resolution Honoring National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

Apr 24 2008

Resolution raises awareness and understanding of the disease, encourages early diagnosis and supports research to find a cure

(Washington D.C.) –Yesterday, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) joined with Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) to help pass a Senate resolution to support the goals of National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month, which is recognized in May.  Cystic fibrosis is one of the most common life-threatening genetic diseases in the United States.  

“I am proud that we are supporting the goals of National Cystic Fibrosis Month,” Senator Murray stated.  “It is vital that we all work to educate the public about this serious disease and continue searching for a cure.”

“We are so pleased that Senators Murray and Inhofe are leading the way to spread awareness about cystic fibrosis,” said Robert Beall, President and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  “Through our drug development pipeline, we are achieving significant progress in our search for new treatments and a cure for this disease.  With more people aware of CF and more support for critical research, we will surely reach our goal and find a cure.  We are honored to have the United States Senate recognize the hope in our fight against CF.”

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs and other organs, causing life-threatening lung infections and severe digestive complications.  There has been great progress in fighting cystic fibrosis, but there is still a lot of work to do.  For example, in 1955, most cystic fibrosis children died before reaching first grade.  Today, the median survival age is 37.  

The Resolution:

  • Honors the goals and ideals of National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.
  • Supports the promotion of further public awareness and understanding of cystic fibrosis.
  • Encourages early diagnosis and access to quality care for people with cystic fibrosis to improve the quality of their lives.
  • Supports research to find a cure for cystic fibrosis by fostering an enhanced research program.