Last Saturday, Salt Lake Chamber Pres. and CEO Lane Beattie received the annual prestigious Tiffany & Co. Breath of Life Award at the Zions Bank 15th Annual Taste of Utah Gala and Auction to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Beattie was recognized as being a selfless community leader who helps everyone breathe a little easier by making a difference in our community.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 40s and beyond.
Since 1955, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has been the driving force behind the pursuit of a cure for CF. Thanks to the dedication and financial backing of our supporters – patients, families and friends, clinicians, researchers, volunteers, individual donors, corporations and staff, we are making a difference.