Pulmonary Fibrosis is a little known but relentless and deadly lung disease for which there is no known cause or treatment. It is indiscriminate, affecting anybody: men and women, adults and children and every race. It causes gradual scarring of the alveoli, the small sacs in the lungs that work to transfer oxygen to the blood and take out the bad gases such as carbon dioxide. Last year it is estimated that over 6,000 Canadians were diagnosed with PF and over 5,000 Canadians died from it. The life expectancy from date of diagnosis is 3 to 5 years.
The only intervention known to extend life in patients with IPF is a lung transplant. Not all patients are suitable for a transplant and simply die.
The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is a registered Charity established in November 2009 by Robert Davidson and his family to provide support to sufferers and their families and at the same time raise much needed research funds to help find causes and treatments for PF.
« Robert Davidson and his wife Heather. Robert was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in October 2007. In November 2009 Robert and his family established the Charity, just 3 months before his rapid decline in health and his double lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital on January 31, 2010. Robert was one of the lucky ones. Most PF patients simply die a very painful death.
We have no salaries as all our workers, including us, are volunteers and we operate out of our home so there is very little overhead and well over 90% of money raised goes directly to research.
In 2010 we made a grant of $52,000.00 to doctors at University Health Network in Toronto for research into possible causes of IPF. In 2012 we are seeking to fund a Research Fellowship at UHN with a grant of $50,000.00.
We know research works — we only have to look at the progress in curing many cancers, heart disease and AIDS.
We have the best medical researchers into lung diseases in the World — right here in Toronto. They just need the funds to help them find the answers.
Here is how you can help keep 5,000 people from an early and painful death:
Be a participant or sponsor one at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon Oct. 20
Run or walk the 5km, a half-marathon or the Full Marathon
Encourage family and friends to participate and get more sponsors
Ask for as many pledges as possible
Talk to everyone about our involvement in the event and about CPFF
Help others to get involved
Enjoy the day on October 20. See below for information on signing up
First 10 sign ups get free entry: Raise $500 get a free entry: raise $200 we will reimburse half your entry fee: Kids under 16 get a free entry; All runners/walkers will receive a CPFF T-shirt and mug