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The García Semp family, from Ibiza, is another example of family solidarity. After a year with their simple but great fundraising campaign, they managed to raise € 1,229.20 for the program Educate is Health in Cystic Fibrosis of the Respiralia Foundation.
Small gestures for a big cause
Fulgencio, Corry, Laura (protagonist of one of our informative capsules) and David are a family very committed to the fight against Cystic Fibrosis. A year ago they agreed to put those coins left in their pockets in a piggy bank.
In addition, on their birthdays they asked for the gift money to be donated and put in the piggy bank, instead of buying something material, which, in the end, raised this significant amount of money.
Another example of family solidarity
The García Semp family has not been the only one to carry out this type of campaign. Many other people, individually celebrating their birthdays, as a couple celebrating their wedding or as a family, have collaborated with the project Educate is Health in Cystic Fibrosis.
In this regard, solidarity fundraising campaigns on Facebook, Instagram and other social networks are commonplace.
Common practice in Anglo-Saxon culture
Philanthropy is deeply rooted in Anglo-Saxon culture. From childhood, these practices are very common and many schools in Spain are beginning to engage in them.
What is Cystic Fibrosis?
Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, serious and degenerative disease that to date has no cure.
It mainly affects the respiratory, digestive, reproductive and sweat glands.
The treatment for Cystic Fibrosis includes antibiotherapy, a healthy and hypercaloric nutrition and respiratory physiotherapy combined with endurance exercises.
Currently, more than 2000 mutations are known in the gene that is defective in people with Cystic Fibrosis, although only about 150 mutations are described as causing the disease.
Statistics show that 1 in 5,000 people in Spain has Cystic Fibrosis (1 in 6,400 in the Balearic Islands) and 1 in 35 people is a carrier of a gene that causes the disease (1 in 40 in the Balearic Islands).
In the Balearic Islands there are 76 known diagnosed cases, but statistics speak of between 85 and 90 possible cases.
The awareness project of the Respiralia Foundation aims to raise awareness of this disease in order to discover those cases of people who have Cystic Fibrosis but have not yet been diagnosed.