2nd Annual Crafts for Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

  • Dates: 03 Apr, 2016
  • Location: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
  • Contact: Ashley Cirilli
  • Email: Ashley.e.cirilli@gmail.com
  • How to find us: Eastern Market, Sheds 3 & 5 2934 Russel St. Detroit, MI 48207
In February 2014, Sharon was diagnosed with a genetic form of Pulmonary Fibrosis, an autoimmune disorder that causes lung tissue to become damaged and scarred over time. As pulmonary fibrosis worsens, those who are affected become progressively short of breath, with their quality of life greatly decreasing. Currently, the lung damage caused by this disease can not be repaired, but medications and therapies are prescribed with the hope to ease the various symptoms and side effects. In the grand scheme of things, very little is known about this deadly disease, its progression, and whether or not there are specific genetic markers for the 200+ variations. 

Sharon ultimately passed from complications of pneumonia due to her pulmonary fibrosis. Over only a year and a half, her family and friends watched the disease become increasingly visible and rapidly deteriorate her health. At 63 years old, she went from a happy, new retiree with big plans of relaxing, and traveling with her husband to someone who was imprisoned to an oxygen machine, day and night, struggling to breathe on her own.

Sharon was more than just a caring person--she was an amazing wife and mother to three beautiful children. Not to mention, she touched the lives of thousands throughout her 38 year teaching career. She was an extremely gifted sewer and spent much of her time crafting bags, dresses, and pillowcases to donate to Little Dresses for Africa, St. Jude's, and Warm-Up America (among others). Her life was full of compassion, her sense of humor was contagious, and her kind heart was truly felt by everyone who knew her.

Sharon is survived by her high school sweetheart and husband of 39 years, Alan Cirilli, as well as her three children (Alan II, Anthony, and Ashley M.) and daughter in law (Ashley E.). 

I am hosting my 2nd annual Crafts for Pulmonary Fibrosis! I will be selling at All Things Detroit on April 3, 2016 from noon until 6p.m.  Please visit my website for more information! Proceeds benefit the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in honor of Sharon. 

Thank you so much,

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