Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Awareness Walk Raises Over $230K for Research

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation’s Awareness Walk Raises Over $230K for Research

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation‘s (PFF) inaugural walk in Chicago on Sept. 9 to kick off Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month far exceeded expectations, drawing over 1,000 participants and helping to raise more than $234,000 for research, organizers said.

Over 1,000 patients, family members, caregivers, and healthcare professionals from 40 states attended the event in person and “virtually” (online), raising more than three times the initial fundraising goal of $70,000. In addition to fundraising, organizers say the event aimed at raising awareness of pulmonary fibrosis and efforts to develop treatments and to find a cure for the deadly lung disease.

Participants joined either a 1-mile or a 3-mile walk on the lakefront in Chicago’s historic Lincoln Park neighborhood. “Virtual” walks were held online for those not able to travel to Chicago, with participants completing their miles at a local park or on routes close to their homes.

Virtual walk participants also hailed from Australia, Belgium, France, and Ireland.

Funds will be used to support educational programs and research focused on the pulmonary fibrosis community.

“We are extremely grateful to the pulmonary fibrosis community, our partners and sponsors for giving the inaugural PFF Walk a phenomenal start,” Bill Schmidt, PFF’s president and CEO, said in a press release.

“We look forward to expanding the event in 2018 as we lead the way to a cure for this devastating disease,” Schmidt added.

The foundation plans to extend the PFF Walk to the other states during next year’s Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month.

In September, the PFF held several activities to raise awareness, including the “30 Facts in 30 Days” campaign, in which the foundation provided one fact per day about pulmonary fibrosis on its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages throughout the month.

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  1. I was excited to read about the Pulmonary Fibrosis Association’s First Virtual Walk to raise awareness of IPF.
    I was diagnosed the first part of May, 2017 and it has become quite an interesting, educating and mystifying disease which I
    realize has no cure, but with my newest medication having been prescribed by a Pulmonary Specialist, I have great hopes for a halt, or huge slowdown of the disease’s progression. Every item I read is educational and gives me hope for my future. I thank you and your ‘lungdiseasenews.com website’. It has given me a great deal of information in the past few weeks and I feel much more relief to know I am not alone out here in Manitoba, Canada. I look forward to future releases of the news letter and disease information.

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