Breathe for Olivia is a non-profit organization started by family and friends of Olivia that raises money and awareness, benefiting those living with Cystic Fibrosis, their families, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that:

  • clogs the lungs and leads to life-threatening lung infections; and
  • Obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.

In the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived to attend elementary school. Today, advances in research and medical treatments have further enhanced and extended life for children and adults with CF. Many people with the disease can now expect to live into their 30s, 40s and beyond.

Through fundraisers, benefits, and personal donations, the Breathe for Olivia team has raised over $250,000 to date.  All net proceeds go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Our Mission

Breathe for Olivia is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for the over 30,000 adults and children living with Cystic Fibrosis. We help to spread awareness and support those diagnosed with CF by helping them with their personal and financial burdens. Our main focus is to support the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in raising funds to help the development of new drugs to fight the disease, improve the quality of life for those with CF, and ultimately to find a cure!