Last year, TEAM TUTTLE raised over $1,000 for this event and for the Coalition for PF. In addition, we had over 30 teammates walk in the 5K and in memory of my father. This was one of the most special days for me and my family. I look forward to this year’s event and the chance to come together again and raise awareness of IPF and contribute to the funding of research towards a cure. Thank you for all of your support last year and I hope to see everyone again this year.
*Members of Team Tuttle are invited to a picnic after the walk at my (Sean's) house. Please contact me if you need my address or directions.
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a terrifying disease that affects the lives of many without discrimination. IPF is when lung tissue becomes scarred without a known reason. It can strike anyone at any point in time. The optimal treatment... does not exist. Numerous patients are put on oxygen and look for a transplant but many never have the chance. Most die within a few years.
This is not to scare people, or be overly pessimistic. In fact, the reason for this event and many other events for IPF is the word "hope"; Hoping not just for a form of treatment, but for a cure. Progress is only made when people come together today and work towards a better tomorrow.
My father, James Tuttle, passed away in 2007 from IPF. He was 60 years old. He had an active lifestyle including coaching soccer, summertime swimming, and being a loving father of two children. Again, the cause is unknown and without the money to fund the necessary research this disease will continue to take loved fathers, mothers, aunts, uncles, and friends away.
This event is a way to honor his life but more importantly contribute to save a future patient's life. No one should ever have to go through the pain of watching a loved one suffer through this terrible disease.
Your contribution and time would mean the world to me. With your help, we can make a difference.
Thank you very much for your time and consideration and I hope to see you there!