Walking In Memory of My Mother - Support Efforts to Fight PF
In August 2015, my mom was diagnosed with the debilitating disease, Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF). She was battling and surviving this illness for 4 years until she passed away in 2019 from complications from a hospitalization. I watched this disease slowly take over my mother's body and change her from someone that use to be up and at it to someone that needed oxygen just to walk 5 feet at times.
PF is a complex rare lung disease that causes progressive scarring in the lungs. PF affects around 5 million people worldwide and over 200,000 Americans annually. 50,000 people will be diagnosed this year alone. Doctors and scientists are still unsure of the exact cause. They believe environmental or genetic factors can play a role. According to research, the average lifespan of someone with PF is 3-5 years after diagnosis, but there are individuals that live with it much longer.
While there is still significant work to be done, progress has been made. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) assists with continuing research efforts to find a cure and better treatments. Generous donations to PFF expand essential efforts for the PF community. This is why I am more than happy to walk in memory of my mother and raise funds on Sept. 25. Please consider giving to help combat this challenging disease.
For more information on how your gift will make a difference in the lives of PF patients and their families, please visit www.pulmonaryfibrosis.org.
Thank you in advance for your generous support! 💜🦋