The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation played a hand in each of the following developments:
- The Senate officially recognized May 2008 as National Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month.
- Congress passed the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA) today.This law makes it illegal for employers and insurance companies to discriminate based on genetic information.
- The House of Representatives reauthorized the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. This program awards grants to small biotechnology companies that conduct important CF research.
Each of these initiatives has tremendous potential to help people with CF. These bills help increase awareness of cystic fibrosis, focus research funding on CF, and establish critical legal protections to help people with the disease live longer, healthier lives.
These successes would not be possible without you. Thank you for your diligence and dedication.