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On Thursday, the 10th of December the College Ágora Portals organized an open day in which the fashionable designer, painter and sculptress Maria Gelabert, exposed a collection of several iron sculptures. From the sale of these sculptures, the artist donated 25% to the Association of Dyslexia and Family of Majorca and 25% to the Respiralia Foundation. Yesterday, during the celebration of the Christmas concert that the pupils of the center interpreted for their parents, the Principal of the center Mr. Rafael Barea together with Maria Gelabert, gave a cheque of 575,00 € to both entities.
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.