Blacktown mum Auvita Parker will prefer spreading cystic fibrosis awareness instead of doing her household duties on May 28, as she will serve as an ambassador for 65 Roses Day. It is on Friday and is the central point of a month-long campaign by Cystic Fibrosis Australia.
Cystic fibrosis affects Australian children and is the most common life-threatening, recessive genetic condition. Many organs are affected, as they are clogged with thick, sticky mucus. Especially, lungs and pancreas are most prone for blockages. Repeated infections and blockages can cause lung damage and even death.
Mrs. Parker suffers from CF and her three year old son is a carrier. She will become part of the rally and will sell raffle tickets to raise money for medical research into the illness.
Mrs. Parker started helping the organization last year. She is expecting her second child in a couple of weeks.
She said, “The staff has been very helpful to me over the years. One of their social workers either calls me on the phone or we meet either at her office or my house monthly to discuss my plight. The foundation has helped me better understand my disease and how to deal with it”.
Thousands of children and young adults around the country are suffering from this devastating illness.