Local Disabled Man Completes 15,000 Feet Skydive for charity

 

In Aid Of CFFG (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gibraltar)

After much anticipation, on the 12th of December 2012, the brave Stuart Cerisola carried out a nail-biting 15,000 foot skydive in aid of the CFFG, despite being wheelchair bound. Ever since the doctors gave Stuart the all clear to jump out of a plane at 15,000 feet and endure a 60 second free-fall, reaching speeds of up to 125 MPH, he never looked back, and started rigorously fund-raising along side his ever so supporting wife, Muriel Cerisola, and with their valuable help, and that of the CFFG committee; over £1,000 has been raised! We would like to thank the community as a whole for their donations, and the following companies for their kind sponsorship: -Attias & Levy -Gibraltar Live -AquaGib -Interbuild
The chairperson of the CFFG adds: ”We are ever so proud of Stuart, and we think his bravery is exemplary, we cannot thank him and his wife enough for all the funds and awareness they have raised in such a short period of time.”

New Charity Established in Gibraltar

 

 

A new charity named the ‘’Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Gibraltar’’ has been established in Gibraltar, the charity will have for its main objectives the constant and vigorous campaigning and contact with the Gibraltar Health Authority and all other relevant  authorities and organisations in Gibraltar and elsewhere for the attainment, creation, maintenance and supervision of medical and social facilities and conditions  of excellence to provide for the treatment and awareness in Gibraltar and elsewhere of those persons and the families affected by Cystic Fibrosis in order to ensure a meaningful and beneficial improvement in their lives and to provide practical and emotional support and information on all matters connected with Cystic Fibrosis.

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Rosie’s CF Story

 

Rosie with husband Winston

What Is Cystic Fibrosis?

Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that attacks both the respiratory and digestive systems. Mucus in patients with CF is very thick, and collects in intestines and lungs, this causes difficulty breathing as well as chronic lung infections and scarring; sufferers often compare it to breathing through a straw or drowning.  Most patients will eventually require lung transplantation; unfortunately the lack of donors means that most of them will die before a healthy pair of lungs is available. The mucus in the pancreas and digestive system makes digestion very hard, sometimes blocking the pancreatic ducts completely, therefore causing malnutrition.  Due to this, CF sufferers are required to take an average of 35 pancreatic enzymes every day, to aid digestion and absorption of nutrients. The sweat glands are also affected by this disease, causing sufferers to lose a huge amount of salt when they sweat. This can upset the balance of minerals and can cause abnormal heart rhythms, putting them at risk of going in to shock. Aside from the main aspects of CF, there are also other side effects such as poor growth, premature arthritis/osteoporosis, liver failure, gallstones, reoccurring nasal polyps, infertility (mainly in males)… [Read more…]