National Ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Australia
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) primarily affects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus. There is currently no cure. People with CF develop an abnormal amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, airways and the digestive system. The mucus causes impairment of the digestive functions of the pancreas and traps bacteria in the lungs resulting in recurrent infections which lead to irreversible damage. Lung failure is the major cause of death for someone with CF. From birth, a person with CF undergoes constant medical treatments and physiotherapy. Despite major advancements in the treatment of CF, only 50% currently reach their late thirties.
In 2010 I became a national ambassador for Cystic Fibrosis Australia. Since then I have taken part of a number of fundraising events mostly in Western Australia as that is where I have spent the majority of my time. I have spoken at a number of functions ranging from schools to corporate events. My main focus is to motivate people and to create a wider awareness of what Cystic Fibrosis is and how people can aid in finding a cure.