The Duchess just learned that the newborn baby of a very dear childhood friend was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disorder that results in chronic respiratory and digestive complications. Although modern treatments have extended the predicted life expectancy to about 37 years old, there is no cure for cystic fibrosis.
Would you join the Duchess in donating to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org? Tragedy also strikes very close to home.