‘Riverdance’ Star Talks About Her Battle With Cystic Fibrosis

‘Riverdance’ Star Talks About Her Battle With Cystic Fibrosis
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Our Charity partners this year is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland & for Katie Murphy the link between CF & dance is quite a personal one

تم نشره بواسطة ‏‎Riverdance‎‏ في 30 مايو، 2017

Twenty-seven-year-old Katie Murphy from Ireland is one of the stars of the internationally acclaimed show Riverdance.  She also happens to have cystic fibrosis.

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The dancer was diagnosed with the genetic disease at the age of three but has since stayed in good health, mostly due to her love of dance. In an interview with the Independent, Katie explains that although it was more strenuous for her to perform than other dancers — she has to undergo three hours of treatment and airway clearance each day — participating in Irish dancing has helped keep her fit and healthy.

Ireland has the highest percentage of cystic fibrosis patients in the world, with one in 19 people carrying the disease (compared to one in 29 in other countries). There are currently around 1,200 people in Ireland who live with cystic fibrosis.

Riverdance has been running for 23 years and Katie has the honor of being the first person with cystic fibrosis to perform in the hit show.

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