Virtual, In-person Events Planned for 2022 PFF Walk

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The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) is hosting its sixth annual PFF Walk fundraiser with virtual and in-person events over the next few months to raise funds and awareness in support of people living with pulmonary fibrosis.

“We encourage everyone to join us in celebrating these individuals and helping us raise vital funds for research, education and support programs,” William T. Schmidt, president and CEO of the PFF, said in a press release.

Registration for the walk is free; walkers who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

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This year’s roster of events will feature six in-person walks and one day of virtual events. The first two in-person walks are taking place later this month: the first on July 23 at North Shore Riverfront Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the second on July 30 at Liberty State Park in New York City.

Two more in-person events will be hosted in September — one on Sept. 10 at Diversey Harbor in Chicago, Illinois, and another on Sept. 17 at Crissy Field in the bay area of San Francisco, California. A virtual walk event will be hosted on Sept. 24.

The final two in-person events will take place Oct. 8 at National Harbor, Washington, D.C., and Oct. 22 at Cypress Waters in Dallas, Texas.

The PFF walk events will feature two course options: a one-mile course and another course that’s 5 kilometers (about 3.1 miles). The events also will include family-friendly activities, refreshments, and educational materials about pulmonary fibrosis.

Walk sites also will feature a tent with information about the PFF Community Registry, a nationwide research study launching this month that is designed to track long-term health outcomes for people with pulmonary fibrosis or interstitial lung disease. The Community Registry is an expansion of the PFF Patient Registry, which has been tracking outcomes for thousands of patients since 2016.

People who currently live with pulmonary fibrosis, as well as family members, caregivers, and lung transplant recipients who had the disease all are welcome to share their experiences in the registry. Researchers will use the data collected in efforts to improve care for people with pulmonary fibrosis.

The PFF Walk was launched in 2017, and the inaugural event raised triple its fundraising goal. The event has been running every year since, with moves to virtual gatherings in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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