IPF Celebrity Supporters: Ray Winstone
Pulmonary fibrosis is a rare but life-threatening disease, for which there is currently no cure. One of the main claims of advocates is that it does not receive the funding or attention needed, unlike other diseases such as lung cancer. Therefore, many people join the work of organizations to fight the disease. Among these, there are patients, family members, loved ones, but also celebrities. Ray Winstone is an award-winning actor, Hollywood star and also a pulmonary fibrosis supporter. In 2014, he became one of the most famous supporters of the British Lung Foundation (BLF).
Despite the fact that Ray Winstone does not suffer from pulmonary fibrosis, he joined the cause and started supporting the British Lung Foundation to help fight pulmonary fibrosis. The actor, who is best known for his roles in movies like The Departed, Noah, and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, decided to join both his fellow star Amanda Redman and his beloved soccer team West Ham United (whose fans – the Irons – sing the song “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” when watching their team) in time for the BLF’s World IPF Week campaign.
“I’m proud that my club is getting behind the British Lung Foundation this World IPF Week. But this isn’t about club rivalry. This week is about raising awareness of a disease that affects 15,000 people in the UK, but that most people have never heard of. It can affect anyone, has no cure, and can kill with devastating speed,” stated Ray Winstone. The actor appears in a video alongside Amanda Redman to fundraise for the British Lung Foundation.
In the video, the two stars blow bubbles while incentivizing everyone to donate and help fight the disease, which causes the formation of scarred tissue, or fibrosis, in the lungs. Patients with pulmonary fibrosis usually end up experiencing difficulties in breathing and low levels of oxygen in the blood due to the buildup of scar tissue in the walls of the air sacs of the lungs. “It’s time things change. I’ll definitely be blowing bubbles and texting to donate in support of World IPF Week this year. I hope all Irons, football fans, and all right-minded people across the UK will do so too.”
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