Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month. Cystic Fibrosis is a progressive, genetic disease that causes persistent lung infections and limits the ability to breathe over time.

 According to in people with CF, a defective gene causes a thick, sticky buildup of mucus in the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. In the lungs, the mucus clogs the airways and traps bacteria leading to infections, extensive lung damage, and eventually, respiratory failure. In the pancreas, the mucus prevents the release of digestive enzymes that allow the body to break down food and absorb vital nutrients

Cystic fibrosis recently claimed the life of Amberly Knowles, the daughter of Mrs. Rhonda Knowles, our upper elementary and junior high librarian. Amberly graduated from Nettleton High in 2010. She was an honor roll student and a member of the 2010 Hall of Fame.

Amberly was my daughter, Holly Schlicht’s best friend. They met before they began kindergarten through the friendship of their brothers. When they were growing up, if you saw one, you saw the other. I prayed for my daughter to have a best friend like I did, and God blessed us with Amberly.

My family will miss Amberly very much. We will always cherish the memories that we made with Amberly.

Please support the cause for the fight to find the cure for this dreadful disease. You can find more information at

~Debbie Schlicht


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