How to help Tucker Jack and others with cystic fibrosis

By Chandra Harris-McCray

jackTucker Jack takes playing in dirt just as serious as his obsession with cars.

He’s a typical 3-year-old—for the most part. His days begin and end with oxygen and chest therapy, and he is quick to remind adults that he needs his enzyme pills with snacks.

Plagued since birth with cystic fibrosis (CF), a fatal genetic disease that attacks the respiratory and digestive system, Tucker hopes his new normal will one day be taking a singular drug therapy in the form of a pill.

A miracle Kathy Gunn (’92) is hoping to make happen. Best friends with Tucker’s mom, Jennifer Jack (’92), Gunn—who owns Gourmet Pasture Beef, a grass-fed beef enterprise just north of Nashville—is donating 10 percent of its online sales during the month of February to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Tucker.

With the recent FDA approval of the pill that addresses the G551D mutation of CF, “I know that we are on the brink of another revolutionary drug being approved that will attack Tucker’s specific mutation (Delta F508) of CF,” says Gunn.

“This type of drug has the power to be what insulin is to diabetes,” says Jennifer. “It would be groundbreaking and life-changing for Tucker and so many others like him.”

You can help Tucker and others like him. Visit Gourmet Pasture Beef’s website at www.gourmetpasturebeef.com, and 10 percent of your purchase this month will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Learn more about CF and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at www.cff.org.

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One comment on “How to help Tucker Jack and others with cystic fibrosis

  1. As a UTK graduate and father of an 18-month old son with CF, I appreciate this posting and generosity. Thanks so much.