---- — Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees in New Hampshire are dedicated to increasing awareness for cystic fibrosis research and have raised more than $50,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation this year through multiple fundraising initiatives.
Those efforts include the annual Sneaker Campaign and the Seacoast Safari bike tour. In total, Dunkin’ Donuts has been working closely with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 13 years.
Each guest who donated $1 or more was invited to write their name on a cystic fibrosis sneaker pin-up icon and display it in the restaurant. Sneakers are the symbol used by the foundation to signify Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month and the annual Great Strides Walks that occur throughout the country.
“Unfortunately, cystic fibrosis touches the lives of so many people, including Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees, crewmembers and our guests,” said Durval Salema, New Hampshire franchisee. “I know personally how debilitating this disease can be as my teenage son lives with cystic fibrosis. New Hampshire Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees are proud to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in their search for a cure again this year.”
Cystic fibrosis is a life-threatening genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog some of the organs in the body, particularly the lungs and pancreas. When mucus clogs the lungs, it can make breathing very difficult. The thick mucus also causes bacteria to get stuck in the airways, which causes inflammation and infections that lead to lung damage.
Most people are diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at birth through newborn screening, or before the age of 2. Approximately 30,000 children and adults in the United States have cystic fibrosis. An additional ten million more—or about one in every 31 Americans—are carriers of the defective cystic fibrosis gene, but do not have the disease. Currently, there is no cure for cystic fibrosis. Visit cff.org.