Thursday, December 15

Cystic Fibrosis Book Drive

Have you heard of Cystic Fibrosis?  Cystic fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.  Part of having the disease is living with hospitilizations, taking a cocktail of drugs to digest your food, taking insulin to treat cystic fibrosis related diabetes, and eating high a calorie diet because your body doesn't absorb nutrients well.  It's often called an "invisible disease" because most of the time, you wouldn't know that someone has the disease on the outside.

My husband has cystic fibrosis, and this past year, he spent over 6 weeks in the hospital.  He was hospitalized because he contracted the flu and could hardly move as a result.  He was hospitalized because he caught a common cold and couldn't recover without a 2 week stay and IV antibiotics. Living with CF means common illnesses aren't so common. A cold could result in a bad infection that robs you of lung function, the flu could cause irreversible damage to your already damaged lungs, and being with your family for birthdays and holidays is never a guarantee.

This year gave me a lot to reflect on and I thought a lot about other patients in the world with cystic fibrosis.  Recently I also joined Usborne Books & More because I love their educational books and use them with my children to supplement our homeschool curriculum.  One of the best things I have discovered about being with Usborne Books & More is the ability to give back by doing a book drive, or one of their other community programs.

Right now, I am running a Cystic Fibrosis Book Drive with Usborne Books & More to purchase books for the University of Iowa Cystic Fibrosis clinic where my husband was hospitalized as a child. Through their Literacy for a Lifetime program, they will match 50% of all donations.

Want to help? Donate! The goal is to raise enough money to donate over 125 books, or $750.

If we raise $750.00, Usborne Books & More will donate $375.00 in additional books.  Can you imagine over 125 new books for those little ones to enjoy?  It would be awesome if we could reach our goal and get an additional 40 or 50 books to donate from Usborne Books & More!

Please SHARE with friends and family! No donation is too small.  

During a hospitalization, patients sit throught hours of breathing treatments, IV medications, and lung function tests.  These books would be such a fun alternative to another tv show or just sitting alone.

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The main focus of the book drive: activity books, like doodling pads, coloring and sticker books, and books that can be read again and again.  

Consider donating, just $6 is enough to provide 1 book for a child to enjoy.  

Thank you for taking the time to read about the book drive!

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