We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Turkey Trot: Patton Barber. Please take a moment to read this note from Patton’s mom, Erica Barber:
Patton Bradley Barber is a 2-year old boy living with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, life-shortening, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time. Cystic fibrosis includes not only the lungs but the digestive system as well. In the lungs, mucus clogs the airway and traps germs, like bacteria, which leads to infections, inflammation, respiratory failure, and other complications. As a result, staying clear of bacteria and other germs are a concern for people living with cystic fibrosis. Because the thick, sticky mucus causes build-up in the digestive system, the release of digestive enzymes is prevented. Patton is given enzymes with every meal and snack to be able to absorb the nutrients in his food. In the liver, the thick mucus can block the bile duct, and this can cause liver disease.
To our family, Patton being the Turkey Trot recipient is a huge blessing. Providing Patton with a clean, safe environment is one of the endless responsibilities that come with life with cystic fibrosis. We have had so many blessings with our new journey as CF parents. We would like to thank all the people that have supported us and the great community that surrounds us.