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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Celebrates Landmark Year for Awareness, Advocacy, Research
Date:12/31/2008

pest hope is that we will see a breakthrough in treatment for our patients and we will continue to raise research funds until the day there is a cure," Michon said.

Highlighting the impact of the disease on people from all walks of life, in 2008 we saw the loss of Odetta, the civil rights legend and singer, as PF contributed to her death, and cartoonist Steve Gerber, creator of Howard the Duck. In death, they joined other such luminaries as Marlon Brando, Evel Knievel, Robert Goulet, former Treasury Secretary William Simon, and Peter Benchley, all of whom were victims of the dreaded disease.

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis works on a national scale to support research for a cure and to assist patients. For information or to support this important work, please contact the CPF at

1-888-222-8541, or visit www.coalitionforpf.org.

About Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF)

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a lung disorder characterized by a progressive scarring - known as fibrosis -- and deterioration of the lungs, which slowly robs its victims of their ability to breathe. Approximately 128,000 Americans suffer from PF, and there is currently no known cause or cure. An estimated 48,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. PF is difficult to diagnose and an estimated two-thirds of patients die within five years of diagnosis. Sometimes PF can be linked to a particular cause, such as certain environmental exposures, chemotherapy or radiation therapy, residual infection, or autoimmune diseases such as scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis. However, in many instances, no known cause can be established. When this is the case, it is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

About the CPF

The CPF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to accelerate research efforts leading to a cure for pulmonary fibrosis (PF)
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