How a Runner in His 70s Cheats Pulmonary Fibrosis


When 78-year-old Bill Vicks was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2011, doctors gave him three years to live according to an article in The super-fit septuagenarian did what he does best—dons his sneakers and goes out for a run.

MORE: How to live for the moment with pulmonary fibrosis. 

Vicks from Plano, Texas has no plans to stop or even slow down. He’s already surpassed his life expectancy by three years, and this year he’ll continue entering Masters running races and swimming events as well as celebrate his 54th wedding anniversary.

In the article, Marines veteran Vicks talks about his lifestyle and the healthy choices he makes which he credits for his longevity. Find out more about Bill Vick’s journey with pulmonary fibrosis here.

MORE: Seven important facts about pulmonary fibrosis.

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    • Tim Bossie says:

      Hi Bill! Thank you for the comment. We at PFNews want to apologize for any problems with the post. We saw this article in the Dallas News and wanted to highlight your achievement and life with PF. In doing so, we couldn’t copy the article itself and didn’t want to “reinvent” the wheel so we highlighted a few things about yourself in order to point to the main article. Also, the picture is copyrighted so we can’t use it at all. However, we would love to reach out and see if you’d be up for an interview with us?

    • JD says:

      Inspiring story bill! My dad was diagnosed with IPF 5 years ago. He’s an avid athlete and been fit all his life. He’s now struggling to keep with with exercise and has to use supplemental oxygen most of the time. Do you use supplemental oxygen when you exercise? Any tips for running / walking with oxygen or how to boost your lung performance? It’s one thing to hear these things from a doctor its completely different when it comes from someone who knows what it feels like and is going through it! Keep running! You’re an inspiration to us all…

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