Time To Act
“The meter is always running”, says my dad, who is acutely aware of time. Dad suffers from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, a deadly lung disease that will soon take his life.
Pulmonary Fibrosis results in lung scarring which stiffens the lungs and inhibits oxygen from entering the blood stream. There is no known cause for my father's diagnosis, no cure, and the only available treatment – a double lung transplant – is not an option in his case.
Dad is in the advanced stage of his illness and lives on twenty-four hour oxygen assistance. Yet, despite tremendous difficulty breathing, chronic pain and discomfort, a greatly diminished quality of life and the knowledge that his time is running out, my father remains remarkably positive, wishing only for more time so that he can take care of Mum. In a rare moment of concession, last Thursday, Dad said to me, “I’m getting near the end now, Rod”. Sadly, the meter is always running.
On October 14, 2012, I will be running in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon to honour my brave and dignified dad, Glen Young, and the estimated 30,000 Canadians who, like him, suffer from Pulmonary Fibrosis and of whom, approximately 5,000 will die this year.
I am furthermore running to raise funds for Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The foundation’s founder, volunteer president and beneficiary of a life-saving double lung transplant himself, Robert Davidson, assures me that more than 90% of funds raised will be used to fund research toward a cure for this deadly killer.
If you would like to help, please support Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation by sponsoring me until Monday, October 29th, at 5 pm, at:
Dear friends, the meter is always running. With your help, it is only a matter of time before a treatment and a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis is found.
On behalf of my beloved dad and 30,000 Canadians diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis – who fight to breathe, every minute, of every day – thank you for your thoughtful consideration and your precious time.
Learn more about Pulmonary Fibrosis at: www.canadianpulmonaryfibrosis.ca
Learn about Organ Donation at: www.beadonor.ca