When Annie was born in 1953 and diagnosed with cystic fibrosis by Dr. Dorothy Andersen, she was given one year to live. At the time, no one had heard of the disease, including doctors. Her mother, Doris Tulcin, found that unacceptable and “got to work.”
Two years later, Doris and other parents formed the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. They formed chapters, created a care center network, connected with other nonprofit organizations, and from there, grew.
Today, Doris reflects on how far we have come since those early beginnings to get to where we are today—as Annie gets ready to celebrate her 67th birthday in June.