MILTON, Ga. – At the Sept. 5 meeting, Milton City Councilman Burt Hewitt issued a proclamation naming September as Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. He was joined by his fellow council members and local members of the Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Affecting at least 128,000 Americans, pulmonary fibrosis is a lung disorder characterized by a progressive scarring and deterioration of the lungs, which slowly robs its victims of their ability to breathe. An estimated 48,000 new cases are diagnosed each year, and there is no FDA-approved treatment or cure.
Additionally, pulmonary fibrosis is difficult to diagnose, and an estimated two-thirds of patients die within five years of diagnosis, meaning as many people lose their lives each year to it as to breast cancer – 40,000.
The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 to accelerate research efforts leading to a cure for pulmonary fibrosis while educating, supporting and advocating for the community of patients, families and medical professionals fighting this disease. They seek to achieve greater national awareness and fundraising in the race to find treatment and a cure for pulmonary fibrosis.
For more information, visit www.coalitionforpf.org.