Students go silent for cystic fibrosis effort

Sister of former UNC Children's patient organizes social media campaign to raise awareness about cystic fibrosis following her sister's loss to the disease.

Students go silent for cystic fibrosis effort click to enlarge Julia Thompson. Photo courtesy Daily Tar Heel, Chelsea Reaves.

October 14, 2014

UNC freshman, Julia Thompson, watched her older sister, Rachel, suffer from cystic fibrosis her entire life. When the disease finally claimed Rachel's life this past January, Julia vowed to help defeat the disease, bringing “65 Hours of Silence for Cystic Fibrosis,” a national social media campaign to raise money and awareness, to UNC Chapel Hill.

Rachel received treatment at UNC, which houses one of the biggest cystic fibrosis research centers in the U.S. Two of her pediatric pulmonologists, Marianna Henry, MD, MPH, and George Retsch-Bogart, MD, contributed to a Daily Tar Heel story about Julia's efforts.

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