Condition: Cystic Fibrosis
City, State: Medford, OR
Club: Kennedy Elementary School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 2.13.2015
Jimena is a beautiful 8-year-old girl with the kind of shy smile that can and does light up a room. Her sweet demeanor attracts many friends at Kennedy Elementary and she enjoys dressing up and being a “girly-girl.”
During her first year of life, doctors, along with Jimena’s parents, noticed that Jimena was not gaining weight like she should and she seemed to always be coughing. Other symptoms led to testing and at 7 months old, Jimena was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis.
Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is an inherited and progressive disease, which means it gets worse over time. CF hurts the entire body, but primarily affects the respiratory and digestive systems. CF causes permanent damage to the lungs and is also characterized by chronic malabsorption of nutrients, which leads to malnutrition and growth issues. CF is a somewhat rare disease, affecting only 30,000 people in the United States, and currently, there is no cure.
Jimena has been through a lot in her young life. She takes 8 different medications on a daily basis and often has to drink special drinks to help her keep and gain weight. Since birth, she has been hospitalized dozens of times, was fed through a tube in her nose for a two year period, and in March of 2014 had surgery to remove her tonsils and adenoids in hopes that it would make it easier for her to breathe.
Although cystic fibrosis makes life very hard at times, Jimena is full of joy and loves life! Jimena will be adopted as a Sparrow to her own school, Kennedy Elementary, in Medford. Fellow students will work hard to raise money for Jimena through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.