Stick it to IPF - Club Lacrosse at NC State Philanthropy Game

PULMONARY FIBROSIS FOUNDATION

Stick it to IPF - Club Lacrosse at NC State Philanthropy Game


In memory of Dr. Jim Hughey, Sr. and In honor of Mrs. Dawn Hipps Beam

Stick it to IPF - Club Lacrosse at NC State Philanthropy Game

Thank you for taking the time to visit the "Stick it to IPF" fundraising page. This page was created for everyone that cannot be a part of the Stick it to IPF philanthropy game to be hosted by the Club Lacrosse team at NC State on October 30th.

My name is John Hughey, and I am the current president of the Club Lacrosse team here at NC State. The Club vs. Fraternity game is one that has taken place for several years, with the supported charity changing each year. I wanted to make this year's event support a cause that needs more support and awareness, as well as one that hits close to home. 100% of proceeds from the game will be donated to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to fight a disease that takes as many lives annually as breast cancer. Below is a short background on my encounters with this disease and why I would like to support the PF research foundation as much as possible.

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Pulmonary Fibrosis appeared early on in my life, as my grandfather, "Papa" was diagnosed when I was just two years old. Papa was able to survive with this disease longer than most, as he passed away in early 2007 (The average lifespan after diagnosis is 2-5 years).  The onset of his pulmonary fibrosis was unexplained. He never smoked, didn't work in a hazardous environment, and had no habits that doctors could relate to his development of this disease. Growing up, all that I understood was that Papa had a hard time breathing and needed an oxygen supply at all times; I never knew quite what the diagnosis was as I was only 12 when he passed away. 

Now, as a senior in college at NC State, pulmonary fibrosis has reared its ugly head again, this time affecting the mother of a close friend. The onset of her pulmonary fibrosis was the same: unexplainable. When doctors cannot determine the reason for the onset of the disease, the diagnosis is Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), idiopathic meaning unexplainable. 

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With the amount of lives that pulmonary fibrosis affects each year, it has become important to me to raise awareness of a disease that most people have never even heard of. This year will be the first annual "Stick it to IPF" philanthropy game, to be held in the center of NC State's campus on Miller Fields. Students, friends and family, and community supporters are all welcome to attend the event free of charge, with a suggested donation at the gate. 

For the individuals that cannot attend the game and would like to support the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, your contribution to the fight against this terrible disease is greatly appreciated. Together, we can all make a difference and Stick it to IPF!

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