Team Violet Rippy!
Team Violet Rippy walks in memory of my Mom Violet, my hero, my angel.
No one teaches you in life about the loss of a parent and how it changes your life forever. My mother, Violet, passed away on March 6, 2009 from Pulmonary Fibrosis, a horrible lung disease that literally takes your breath away.
My family and I witnessed this crippling disease as my mother, who had so much energy and strength, that she could outlast even the younger members of her family, deteriorated quickly. She experienced shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing when walking only a few steps, rapid weight loss, and total weakness. This all resulted in the constant use of oxygen to help her live. My mother never smoked a day in her life.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a deadly and complex disease that causes progressive scarring in the lungs. PF affects over 200,000 Americans annually and 50,000 people will be diagnosed this year alone.
While there is still significant work to be done, progress in the fight against pulmonary fibrosis is being made. Your generosity allows the PFF to expand essential efforts for the PF community.
On September 25, my family & I will walk virtually in my mother's honor for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in hopes that a treatment, or ultimately a cure for this disease can be found. Since this disease is so often misdiagnosed, as my mother’s was, and barely known by the general public, funding for research and awareness is so desperately needed.
Please support my family & I with this mission by participating in the 5K or by making a donation so we can give people with Pulmonary Fibrosis an opportunity to survive beyond the present window that exists.
My mother was so strong in her fight to live each and every day, and I, along with your help, hope to carry on her strength to others with this lung disorder.
Tami Rippy & the Rippy family
Love you, Mom....miss you every second of the day.
Watch how we participated last year!
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