Welcome to my personal fundraising page!
Many of you receiving this request know me, many do not. In July of 2017, I received a bi-Lateral Lung Transplant at UWMC. Diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2009 I never thought for a minute I would become as sick as I did. As an avid backcountry skier and road biker no way this would be me, I thought. The path I have been down has been painful, arduous and remarkable all at the same time; I am both skiing and riding again! My wife, Chris, and I are heading to Chicago for the PFF Walk on Saturday, September 15th and we're hoping for your support with a gift to my fundraising page.
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.
In February, the Daily Inter Lake wrote an article about my journey and I'm pleased to share it with you here.
The search for a cure to this horrific disease is critical. In the United States along, PF affects more than 200,000 people with 50,000 new cases and 40,000 deaths annually.
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. Please help in any way you feel you can to find a cure.
Mark Delorme Sr