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Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis Fundraising Events Raise $280,000 for IPF
Date:10/29/2007

Events held in Chicago and Los Angeles provide foundation for new education

and research efforts to fight IPF

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is pleased to announce that two major fundraising events hosted in Chicago and Los Angeles have generated more than $280,000 in new funds to help those suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a rare and deadly lung disease which affects more than 128,000 people in the U.S. The La Nuit de la Papillion (Night of the Butterfly) was held in the Old Town area of Chicago on Sept. 19, and the Butterfly Garden Party was hosted in a private residence in Malibu, Calif. on Sept. 30.

Both events were hosted by members of the Roney family, whose dedication to the cause has provided generous annual support for the CPF's important work in the IPF community. This year their events raised more than $280,000, and the family's efforts since 2003 continue to provide much-needed funding for the CPF's work with IPF patients and researchers.

"The success of these spectacular events speaks volumes for the commitment and compassion of our supporters to help those affected by this terrible disease," said Mark Shreve, chief executive officer of the CPF. "We are grateful to all of our supporters, and we are overwhelmed by the generosity of everyone involved. Their dedication reinforces the CPF's firm commitment to find treatments and ultimately a cure for IPF."

The funds will be used to further the education, awareness, and research efforts of the CPF, as it seeks answers to a disease that takes 40,000 lives every year and remains one of the few untreatable diseases affecting such a large population.

More than 150 guests at the Chicago event enjoyed the Bistro Margot restaurant with French cuisine as well as a silent auction that featured a trip for two to Paris, France and an Oxygen Lepton Electric Scooter. In Los Angeles, more than 150 guests enjoyed a Pacific Ocean sunset dining and music event as well as a touching live butterfly release. The butterfly form is similar in look to human lungs, and is a magnificent symbol of hope. The CPF adopted its unique butterfly fundraising logo in 2003 for its annual fundraising campaigns beginning in 2004.

The event provided fun and elegant atmospheres for guests to mingle and share their commitment to furthering this important cause. At the same time, their participation continues to serve as a source of hope to the thousands of patients around the country suffering from IPF and the physicians who treat them.

To learn more about future CPF fundraising activities or to plan a fundraising event of any size in your city, please contact Mishka Michon at (888) 222-8541, ext. 701 or email her at mmichon@coalitionforpf.org. You can also visit our Web page at http://www.coalitionforpf.org.

About Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)

IPF 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 IPF, which is the most prevalent of a classification of lung disorders known as interstitial lung diseases (ILD's). There is currently no known cause or cure for IPF, nor is there an FDA-approved treatment. An estimated 48,000 new cases are diagnosed each year. IPF is difficult to diagnose, and an estimated two-thirds of patients die within five years of diagnosis.

About the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis (CPF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 2001 to accelerate research efforts leading to a cure for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), while educating, supporting, and advocating for the community of patients, families, and medical professionals fighting this disease. The CPF funds promising research into new approaches to treat and cure pulmonary fibrosis; provides patients and families with comprehensive education materials, resources, and hope; serves as a voice for national advocacy of IPF issues; and works to improve awareness of IPF in the medical community as well as the general public. The CPF's nonprofit partners include many of the most respected medical centers and healthcare organizations in the U.S. With more than 14,000 members nationwide, the CPF is the largest nonprofit organization in the U.S. dedicated to advocating for those with pulmonary fibrosis. For more information please visit http://www.coalitionforpf.org or call (888) 222-8541.


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