Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month includes marches, education and events

CHICAGO, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) will show how the Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) community unites in the fight against life-threatening lung disease during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in September.

“We will shine the spotlight on FP by sharing important facts about the disease and personal stories of individuals affected by it,” said William T.Schmidt, President and CEO of the PFF. “We want everyone in the community to get involved, come to our events and spread the word.”

More than 250,000 Americans live with PF, which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. More than 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States

Community events

The 2022 PFF Walk to raise awareness and funds for research and support for people living with FP is set for the following dates in September —

  • September 10 – Diversey Harbour, Chicago
  • September 17 – Crissy Field, Bay Area
  • September 24 – Virtual National Walk Day

The PFF Walk offers two route options – 5K and a mile – and family-friendly activities, refreshments, FP education materials and more. Registration is free and those who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative PFF Walk t-shirt.

The second annual day of the JIL on Wednesday September 14, aims to raise awareness of interstitial lung disease (IPD), of which there are 200 different causes. ILD is characterized by inflammation and/or scarring in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and bring oxygen to the blood.

As part of ILD Day, an educational webinar moderated by internationally recognized ILD expert Dr. Anna Podolanczuk will be held at 12 p.m. CDT on September 14. The presentation will focus on “Progressive Pulmonary Fibrosis: What Patients Need to Know” and will provide information to help patients better understand the disease and its progression. Registration for the webinar is available here.

social media

Beginning September 1stthe PFF will be posting content on their social media every day with the handle @pffor on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and YouTube, using hashtags #PFMonth and #BlueUp4PF. Every day, a fact about PF will be posted on 11 a.m. CDT and a story will be published on 1:00 p.m. CDT.

The #BlueUp4PF campaign recognizes the effect of lack of oxygen in the blood. Inadequate oxygen levels, which can be caused by PF, can cause nails or lips to look bluish. #BlueUp4PF encourages people to wear blue, take a selfie and post it on social media with why they’re turning blue for FP Awareness Month.

Additionally, more than 100 iconic buildings, monuments and bridges will glow a blue of hope for the PF community throughout the month of September. The list of sites and the dates they will be illuminated during FP Awareness Month is available here.

About the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

The mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is to accelerate the development of new treatments and ultimately to cure pulmonary fibrosis. Until this goal is achieved, the PFF is committed to advancing the improvement of FP patient care and providing unparalleled support and educational resources to patients, caregivers, members of the family and health care providers. The PFF has a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Better Business Bureau (BBB) ​​Wise Giving Alliance accredited charity. The Foundation has met all the requirements of the National Health Council’s Standards of Excellence Certification Program® and earned the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information, visit pneumofibrosis.org or call 844.TalkPFF (844.825.5733).

Contact: Dorothy Coyle

SOURCE The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

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