LEIGH MP and shadow secretary of state for health Andy Burnham pledged support to those suffering from a life-threatening illness as part of a national awareness drive.
Mr Burnham heard about the issues faced by patients suffering from cystic fibrosis and their families during Cystic Fibrosis Week.
Around 10,000 people in the UK suffer from the genetic disease, with many requiring a double lung transplant to stay alive despite improvements in treatment and care.
Around one in three patients on the transplant list will not live long enough to receive the new organs they need, according to research produced by leading charity the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
The fund-raising and awareness week was designed to teach MPs and other leading public figures about the disease and some of the problems faced by sufferers and charities battling the condition, including a shortage of lung donors and the need to provide psychological support and care for people undergoing the transplant process.