Cystic Fibrosis Mufti day

Cystic Fibrosis Mufti day

This term we are supporting Cystic Fibrosis NZ. A number of our students have connections with friends that suffer from this medical condition.

When: Friday 18 November

Wear casual clothes to school.

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Cystic fibrosis is caused by a faulty gene that has been passed down from a baby’s mum and dad and is usually diagnosed soon after birth.

Genes are what make us who we are – they affect our eye colour, hair colour, how tall we are and many of the things that make us individuals. Genes also affect how our body works on the inside, and changes in the Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) gene causes CF.

Every person has two copies of their genes – one from their father and one from their mother. Many people carry one copy of the CFTR gene (often called the ‘CF gene’) but you need two copies to be born with CF. Having one copy does not affect your health.

When we don’t have CF, our bodies make mucus that is thin and slippery and works as a lubricant to help protect us from infections and to keep the inside of our body working well.

If we have CF, our mucus becomes thick and sticky and blocks the tiny tubes of many of our organs.