ANCHORAGE, Alaska — It's a disease not too many people are familiar with, but cystic fibrosis affects more than 60 families across Alaska.
Ask any kid and they'll tell you how much they love a summer go-cart ride. Sisters Tre and Nadine are no different, but when it comes to their health, Tre and Nadine aren't like most other children. Both are fighting a terrible disease.
Lacinda Scruggs is the grandmother of the girls and, for the most part, their primary caregiver.
“The girl know its meds, meds, meds, treatments, treatments, treatments, but you still have to fit life in and have fun so that’s what we try to do,” said Scruggs.
Tre and Nadine have cystic fibrosis.
According to 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.
“It’s a disorder in which the cells, that either cover or line the parts of the body, have abnormal secretions,” said Anchorage pulmonologist Dr. Dion Roberts.