May 21, 2017

‘Legendary Lucas’ spurs great strides toward CF cure

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Courtesy Carroll family

Lucas Carroll, right, with his little sister Grace.

Lucas Carroll was born with a double Delta F508 mutation of cystic fibrosis, a progressive, genetic disease that requires him to take nearly 300 pancreatic enzymes weekly and adhere to a daunting daily care routine of additional supplements and treatments.

Lucas is 4 years old.

He is one of more than 30,000 people in the United States living with cystic fibrosis, or CF, which causes perpetually clogged airways, leading to infections, lung damage and eventually respiratory failure.

There are many treatments for the symptoms, but while prognoses — particularly for those diagnosed early — continue to improve, there is no cure.

“I think a lot of people have heard of CF. And a lot of people might know someone with it. I don’t think everyone understands what CF is and how devastating it can be,” said Lucas’ mother, Victoria Carroll. “Just getting people to understand it and raising money helps research, and the research is going to save his life.”

Lucas’ family and friends rallied yesterday [Saturday, May 20] around Team “Legendary Lucas” at the 2017 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides walk at Quinsigamond State Park.

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