Elizabeth's story

10 Dec 2018

When Elizabeth Raad was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in June 2010, her family’s life was flipped upside down. 

Upon hearing the news, Elizabeth’s family was in shock. Having never heard of Cystic Fibrosis before, they didn’t know what to expect, or what the diagnosis meant for Elizabeth and the family.

Cystic Fibrosis affects the mucus glands, resulting in the secretion of very thick sticky mucus. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the tiny air passages and traps bacteria. It is a life-long condition that requires constant management, medication and treatment. Now at age 11, Elizabeth dedicates most of her time to physiotherapy and hypertonic therapy in the Cystic Fibrosis clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead to keep her fit and healthy.

Elizabeth is known for her positive outlook on life who makes people laugh on a daily basis. She also loves music, reading and even plays netball and touch football. Her journey has been long and at times tough but along the way, she’s been supported by her mum, dad, her older sister and older brother.

The Raad family have a motto; “never say you can’t” and implement this in all aspects of their lives.

Since her diagnosis, the family have become more aware of Cystic Fibrosis and Elizabeth is the 2019 ambassador for 65k 4 65 Roses walkathon. She will join others to walk and raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis clinic at The Children's Hospital at Westmead and Cystic Fibrosis Community Care in the hope to find a future cure.

You can make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis by signing up to the 65k 4 65 Roses walkathon. Registrations are now open!