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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

2nd Annual Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run for PF Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Donations as of October 04, 2015:

$12,399.00 Raised Offline
$5,080.00 Raised Online
$17,479.00 Total Raised

Tami Rippy's Page

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In memory of my Mom, my Hero, my Angel.

No one teaches you in life about the loss of a Parent and how it changes your life forever.  My Mother, Violet, passed away on March 6th, 2009 from Pulmonary Fibrosis, a horrible lung disease that literally takes your breath away.

My Family and I witnessed this crippling disease as my Mother, who had so much energy and strength, that she could outlast even the younger members of her family, deteriorated quickly. She experienced shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing when walking only a few steps, rapid weight loss, and total weakness. This all resulted in the constant use of oxygen to help her live.

My Mother never smoked a day in her life.
Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease which is often misdiagnosed as Emphysema, COPD, Asthma, or Bronchiectasis, and there is NO treatment, NO cure, and is ALWAYS terminal.  The “average” survival rate is 3-5 years after diagnosis.

This lung disorder is characterized by progressive scarring and deterioration of the lungs which robs its victims of their ability to breathe.  Approximately 128,000 Americans suffer from PF, and 40,000 lives are taken each year from this disease, the same number as breast cancer.
On August, 11, 2012, My Family & I will host the 2nd Annual Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run for PF in my Mother's honor for the "Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis”, in hopes that a treatment, or ultimately a cure for this disease can be found. Since this disease is so often misdiagnosed, as my Mother’s was, and barely known by the general public, funding for research and awareness is so desperately needed.
Please support my Family & I with this mission by making a donation to the “Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis”, or by participating in the 5K Walk/Run, so we can give people with Pulmonary Fibrosis an opportunity to survive beyond the present window that exists.
My Mother was so strong in her fight to live each and every day, and I, along with your help, hope to carry on her strength to others with this lung disorder. 

Thank you. 

Tami Rippy & the Rippy Family

Love you Mom....miss you every second of the day.


You can also send donations to:
Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis
c/o Tami Rippy
672 Village Green Blvd. East
Mars, PA 16046

To REGISTER for this event, please click here: 

If you are unable to attend, please consider making a donation by clicking on the green "DONATE" button on either the top or bottom of the page.  

Thank you.


Comment Donation
Judy McCormick
Terence Hales Tami, better late than never! Congrats once again on your sucess & all you do for the PF Community...see you in DC!
Cindy Yon
Linda & Tim Hart
Bill Clark
Tom Clark - sorry I'm late....I've Been busy!!!!
Michele & Jon Werner & Family
Dennis Haney
Grace McMahon

Terence Brady
Amy & Mark DiClemente
Theresa & John Mallen
Event Day Donations
Best of luck tomorrow. Will be thinking of you and your Mom!
Becky Paul and sarah Neal God bless you and your family Tami! You are doing mighty work!

Carrie Burnham
The Reinerts
Sherry & Jon Werner
Kevin and Emily Rabbitt
Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC
Yvonne & Bill Marmo
Tri Rivers Surgical Associates, Inc.
Aaron, Jessica & Brett Barbour
Randy & Kim Allison We can't be there in person, but will be thinking of you and all of your hard work in honor of your mother. Love you Tami!!!!
Gina, Taylor and Aaron Cox. I hope the event is a huge success. No doubt it will be with Tami leading the charge.
DAVID Levinson Tami - our best wishes on helping others as you honor your mother's memory. Lev, Kathy, Louis and Sophie
Anonymous Good Luck Tami! We know the event will be a huge success!
Jim Linn
Ed Crosby
Cathy & Joe Puthoff
Mike Werteen
Doug Convente
Steve and Stephanie Stum
Anonymous keep up the great work, you have a wonderful support group and from watching the video from last year ...........THEY LOVE COOKIES !!!
Montauk Energy A great event for a great cause
Mary & Vic Spinabelli We hope you have a wonderful day, honoring your Mom and many others that suffer from this disease.
Fleet Reserve Assoc Branch 293 Elizabeth City, NC
Nicole and Tim Letourneau Best of luck Tami!
Tony Harvey Sorry I couldn't make it up for the event.
Shanna Singer I'm sorry I can't make it Tami, I hope it's a wonderful day!
Diane & Jim Bowser
Anonymous Hi Tamster, Hope all goes well with your run. I'll be with you in spirit. Love, Marie
Amanda Short
Kathy and Mark Prokopius
dover Thank you for doing this, I pray a cause and cure are found.
Jill Burkhead What an awesome event is held in your honor.. Your family misses you Vi.
William Owens III

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