Man breathes eas­ier

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph News - Ai­den Boy­ham

Through Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA, the Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham and the Lions Club of Rock­ing­ham have teamed up to help a young man in need, do­nat­ing nearly $5000 for a por­ta­ble oxy­gen con­cen­tra­tor.

Wish­ing to re­main anony­mous, the young man who suf­fers from cys­tic fi­bro­sis is set to ben­e­fit from the do­na­tion as he goes through as­sess­ment for a dou­ble lung trans­plant.

Ro­tary and the Lions donated $2500 and $2000 re­spec­tively to­wards the con­cen­tra­tor, which has an eight-hour bat­tery life and will im­prove the man’s qual­ity of his life by al­low­ing him in­de­pen­dence and the abil­ity to leave his home.

Ro­tary Club of Rock­ing­ham pres­i­dent Paul Ac­ton said the club was proud to help the com­mu­nity wher­ever it could.

“The club is in a very for­tu­nate po­si­tion to sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­ute back to the com­mu­nity as a re­sult of money raised at our Sun­day Ro­tary Mart,” Mr Ac­ton said.

“It gives mem­bers pride to be able to ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity and help im­prove the qual­ity of life for lo­cal peo­ple.”

A ge­netic dis­ease, cys­tic fi­bro­sis pri­mar­ily af­fects the lungs and di­ges­tion sys­tem.

Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis WA ser­vices man­ager Kathryn Pekin said one in 2500 ba­bies born in Australia had cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

“On average one in 25 peo­ple carry the CF gene, most of whom are un­aware that they are car­ri­ers,” she said. “Man­age­ment of CF is life­long, re­quir­ing nu­mer­ous med­i­ca­tions and daily phys­io­ther­apy.”

For more on cys­tic fi­bro­sis and how you can help, visit www.cys­tic­fi­bro­sis.org.au/wa.

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