An independent entrepreneur in the restaurant industry, Billy Blatty serves as the principal owner and operator of many bars including the acclaimed Barcadia Bars, located in several cities throughout Texas and Louisiana. Apart from his professional endeavors, Billy Blatty also participates in fundraising activities for non-profit organizations. In 2015, he raised over $35,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Cystic fibrosis is a genetic disease that affects the lungs, causing chronic infection and eventually limiting one’s ability to breathe. The types and severity of the disease’s symptoms can vary from one person to another, and also depend on when the disease was diagnosed. The differences in symptom type and severity thus determine the course of treatment for each patient with cystic fibrosis.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is a leading institution that has been working to find a cure for cystic fibrosis since 1955. Accredited by the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance program, the Maryland-based organization is donor-funded and not for profit. It aims to achieve its objectives by funding extensive research on cystic fibrosis, providing expert care to patients with the disease through the foundation’s care centers all over the US, and helping patients and their families access medical, educational, and financial resources.