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The Goal | Ireland to Everest

The Goal

cystic fibrosis society

Our goal is to establish a Lung Transplant Support Fund for Ireland in partnership with Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland and the Mater Hospital. We aim to raise money for this Fund by climbing the highest point in each of the 32 counties in Ireland and 5 other mountains on 4 continents.

This support fund will be set up to:
  • Improve the infrastructure of organ donation to allow greater numbers of lungs to be transplanted in Ireland
  • Provide additional surgical resources for lung transplantation in Ireland

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a life threatening , inherited disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. This lifelong condition usually becomes more severe with age.

Ireland has the highest incidence of CF in the world with almost 3 in every 10,000 people in Ireland with the disease and 1 in 19 individuals classed as carriers. The incidence of CF in Ireland is almost 4 times the average rate in other EU countries and the United States.

There is no cure for CF. Life expectancy has increased over the past 20 years thanks to research and improved management of the disease.

Transplants are a crucial part of the range of recognized interventions required to manage CF.  Lung transplantation can offer both a chance of an extended life and a significantly better quality of life.

The first major initiative to raise funding for the Lung Transplant Support Fund is the 32 Steps for CF challenge.