Richmond Marathon for Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
For years I have been contemplating running a marathon. Then last fall, my father in-law, Richard Koch, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. I finally found my motivation to run a marathon!
I chose the Richmond Marathon and decided to run for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation by raising $1,000.
Pulmonary fibrosis is a respiratory disease in which scars are formed in the lung tissues, leading to serious breathing issues. My father in-law was reduced to needing oxygen 24/7 and couldn't walk more than a few steps without being exhausted. He spent many months searching for answers while his condition worsened. We were blessed that University of Maryland Hospital took his case and our prayers were answered on Sunday, September 20, 2015 when he got the phone call to hurry to the hospital, they had a lung for him. He is still in the early stages of recovering from his lung transplant, but no longer needs oxygen to get through his daily routine.
It is my sincere hope, that by running for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, together, we can raise awareness for this disease. The funds will help to continue research so those suffering can have hope for longer lives.
Please support my efforts to help the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation fulfill it's vision- where we imagine a world without pulmonary fibrosis.
Thank you for your support and generosity.