Mayor Jimmie W. Rogers of Rohnert Park has been named honorary chairman for the National Cystic Fibrosis Research Foundation unit here.
The appointment was announced by television star Hugh O’Brien, national chairman for the foundation’s 1969 fund-raising drive.
“I am pleased to be able to participate in the campaign” Mayor Rogers said, “Great progress has been made in partially controlling cystic fibrosis and there is real hope that the research program of the foundation will soon find a full control and be able to save the lives of thousands of children.”
Cystic fibrosis is a hereditary disease which in the past has generally resulted in death in infancy. Research sponsored by the foundation has brought about partial control and life into the teen years or later.
As little as 10 years ago, there was no hope at all for the nearly 5,000 C/F babies born every year in the United States, O’Brian noted.
Cystic fibrosis plugs the lungs, O’Brian explained, depriving the sufferer of “the very breath of life.” It also causes gastro-intestinal malfunctions which make it very difficult, if not impossible, to maintain proper nutrition for the sick child.
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