One woman with cystic fibrosis is working hard to help find a cure for the fatal disease.
Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, 30, realized when she was 17 that she had reached the middle of her life. At the time, the life expectancy for someone with her condition was about 34 to 35. Though there's currently no cure, Kramer-Golinkoff is pushing progress forward through funding she's securing via her nonprofit, Emily's Entourage. As PEOPLE reports, she's also donated "tens of thousands" of her own cells to labs conducting research on the disease, and developing drugs.
Kramer-Golinkoff, who has a lung capacity of just 35% and requires significant medical attention, is trying to accelerate the race to a cure.