As the parents of a teenager with Cystic Fibrosis (CF), supporting the fundraising work of charities like the Cystic Fibrosis Trust through running, rowing or cycling has always been part of family life for founders David and Kirsty Hill. But a recurring question too, was how to attempt something that could have even greater impact and benefit the wider CF community.
David, a software engineer, has always been inspired by the idea of putting technology to work for positive causes. Kirsty brings years of experience working both for and within a number of NHS trusts, as a supplier and a volunteer.
Via conversations, presentations, workshops and hack-athons, the story has unfolded with more than a few twists and turns. Along the way, so many amazing people have contributed talent, guidance, time and tenacity in nudging things forward.
The outcome is Project Breathe – an exciting collaboration between Magic Bullet, the CF Trust, Papworth Hospital, the University of Cambridge and Microsoft. Building on the success of the SmartCare CF remote monitoring study, the project aims to transform the lives of people living with CF through the use of digital technologies.
From its inception, Project Breathe has been about putting tools into people’s hands that ease the burden of living with CF.
In equal measure, we’re humbled by the opportunities, excited about the possibilities and proud of what we’ve managed to achieve in our efforts to date.
Follow our journey here.