2017 Breath-A-Palooza

Community members participate in the 2017 Breath-A-Palooza.

The Idaho Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group is raising awareness and funds for the lung disease at Idaho’s third annual Breath-A-Palooza — a walk for Pulmonary Fibrosis on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Kleiner Park.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., the program begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. Participants can create a team for the walk, join a team, participate as an individual walker or even be a “virtual walker” — for those who are unable to attend — at tinyurl.com/ipfwalk2019.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, or IPF, is a disease with no cure that creates scarring in the delicate lung tissue of affected patients, causing progressive, incurable lung disease. In many cases there is no identified cause of IPF, but about 200,000 people in the U.S. are estimated to be affected by it, including approximately 2,300 people in Idaho, a release from the Idaho Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group said.

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“When my husband was diagnosed with IPF we had only briefly heard of it,” Debbie Herndon, event organizer and PFF ambassador and support group leader, said. “Awareness is critical when it comes to diagnosis and treatment. We are organizing this event in memory of my husband, and others who have fought hard but ultimately succumbed to the effects of this terrible disease. I want local families who are currently battling IPF to be educated and to know they are supported,”

The Idaho Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group meets regularly in Meridian. The group is open to anyone battling Pulmonary Fibrosis, caregivers, family members and friends. People can visit the group’s Facebook page to learn more.


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