ShuffieldLowman associate, Cooper Powell, has recently been selected as a Rising Star for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The Orlando Rising Stars program is designed to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis, raise money for the CFF, and to recognize young professionals in the Central Florida community. Cooper is one of eight Rising Star recipients being recognized. The Rising Star program runs until May 7th, where it ends with an event at The Balcony Orlando.
Cystic Fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and progressively limits the ability to breathe. In people with cystic fibrosis, a defective gene causes a thick buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus closes airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients. Roughly 30,000 people live with cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is the leading organization in the United States that provides support for those battling cystic fibrosis. The CFF funds and accredits more than 130 cystic fibrosis care centers. Thanks to the CFF’s support of nearly $3 Billion dollars, we have seen advancements in medicine that have shown promise in controlling and, one day, curing cystic fibrosis. Orlando is fortunate to be home to three of these CFF accredited care centers.
If you would like to support Cooper’s pledge to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, you can donate to his fundraiser directly by visiting here: https://finest.cff.org/RisingStars2020/CooperPowell.
ShuffieldLowman is happy to be supporting Cooper by making The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation our Jeans’ Day Charity of the month, which allows employees to opt into wearing jeans on Friday if they donate to our monthly charity.