Welcome to my personal fundraising page!
As many of you know, we lost our mother, Martha DePoy Pratico, to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis on March 29, 2017. Our mom was the most amazing person and not a minute, not an hour, not a day goes by that we don’t think of her and miss her. She was by far the strongest woman we have ever known. She was the most selfless and caring person, always putting her family first, even in her final days. When our mom was diagnosed with PF, she lived with the disease for two years before sharing this with any of us. She knew what this devastating news meant for her and she did everything in her power to spare us the heartbreak of knowing. That is the true essence of who she was.
Our mother was one of six children. She lost her father at a very young age to this disease. She lost her sister Mary Kay Harris in 1997, her brother Peter DePoy in 2002 and brother Michael DePoy in 2016. Our family has suffered more than any family should from this disease and we fear that this disease will continue to affect our family.
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a condition that causes lung tissue to become thickened, stiff, and scarred. The lungs eventually lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream, making everyday activities such as breathing and walking extremely difficult. It is a progressive disease, which means it tends to worsen over time. Every individual diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis has a unique experience with the disease and there is no “standard” or expected clinical course.
With no known cure, the disease is often fatal within three to five years of diagnosis. In the United States, PF affects more than 200,000 people.
On September 15, 2018, our family in Chicago will be joining the PFF Walk at Diversey Harbor in Chicago. We will be walking with them in spirit and cheering them on from Boston. We have created a team page with hopes to raise $5,000 or more for PFF, any contribution is greatly appreciated. From the bottom of our hearts we thank you!
Because of the work of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), there is hope for those living with PF. Your donation helps fund crucial research, increase awareness, and sustain vital programs that help people with PF and their families live better lives.
I imagine a world without pulmonary fibrosis. Thank you for helping me lead the way!