The Hershey Pulmonary Fibrosis Caregiver Support Group
Maxfield Whitehead-ZimmersCoordinatorResearch InterestsClinical Trials
Hershey’s Pulmonary Fibrosis Caregiver Support Group meets bi-monthly on the Milton S Hershey Medical Center Campus, at the University Fitness/Conference Center, room 302C. Meetings last an hour and a half, from 5:30-7:00 PM. This meeting is exclusively for caregivers of pulmonary fibrosis patients.
Meeting topics are chosen based on the interest of the members, and relate to all aspects of care giving and pulmonary fibrosis. At these meetings, we have had speakers from places like the Gift of Life Program and had in-depth discussions on topics like self-care and supporting loved ones with pulmonary fibrosis. Each meeting also has time for members to raise questions and update each other on their life and the health status of their loved one.
Meetings are organized by Max Whitehead-Zimmers, who is the Hershey Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group Coordinator and a pulmonary researcher at Penn State Hershey, and are attended by pulmonary physicians and other professionals in the field. We also regularly have guest presentations such as pulmonary rehabilitation therapists and exercise physiologists.
In addition to our informative meetings, our group also participates in several local events including the New Cumberland Apple Festival where we have a Pulmonary Fibrosis awareness stand and the Harrisburg Area Highmark Walk for Healthy Community where our support group’s team, “Sweet Lungs of Mine,” raises funds and spreads awareness for Pulmonary Fibrosis research.
For questions, or to be added to the mailing list, please contact:
Phone: 717-531-003 extension 286335
**This group offers a virtual support group meeting. Please contact Max Whitehead-Zimmers for more information.**