It is very difficult to pin-point the causes of Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF). Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) is PF with an unknown cause. This is the most common type of PF so often doctors are unable to determine the cause of the disease.
However, there are some factors that can increase the chances for PF such as:
Because there are so many different potential causes for PF and the symptoms of PF are similar to other lung diseases, it can very difficult for doctors to diagnose it.
To help PF patients who needed a lung transplant live a longer, healthier life, donate now:
September is Pulmonary Fibrosis month. Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) means scarring of the lungs. Patients with PF have lungs that have been scarred for various reasons including lung disease. This scarring makes it difficult for oxygen to flow so patients with PF often feel short of breath. It also has other symptoms such as severe dry cough, joint and muscle pain, and fatigue.
PF is a type of Interstitial Lung Disease and there are over 200 types of PF.
Over 250,000 Americans are living with PF and about 40,000 die of PF every year.
This disease is close to our hearts. Sid Vahal was diagnosed with Interstitial Lung Disease and Idiopathic (cause unknown) Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) before his lungs collapsed and he needed a double lung transplant. Although Sid was only 26 when he was diagnosed, most patients diagnosed with PF are over 70.
PF is very difficult to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to many other diseases. There is no cure for PF, however, it can be managed with medication and other treatments. Like Sid, patients with severe PF often need a lung transplant.
To help Pulmonary Fibrosis patients who needed a lung transplant live a longer, healthier life, donate now:
I’m sure you’ve heard that we received a grant from S&S Activewear in July. We promised an unboxing video to show you all the cool items we received from them, so here it is!
We have exciting news!
We are thrilled to announce that we received a grant from S&S Activewear!
They awarded items for up to a $2,000 retail value to help our organization.
How does this grant help us?
1.) S&S Activewear is providing high quality athleticwear for our employees and volunteers to make us more comfortable in our uniforms during community events and laughter yoga classes.
2.) They are also sponsoring our Lung Transplant Patient Care Package Program by providing us with 25 drawstring bags and 25 pairs of socks! This will help us save hundreds of dollar on our next 25 care packages so we can make more care packages.
We are very excited to receive this grant.
This grant will make our work smoother and allow us to help even more lung transplant patients.
To watch us unbox this grant, follow us on social media!
If you would like to donate to our care package program, click the Donate Now button:
Are you a lung transplant patient?
Are you waiting for a lung transplant?
Let us share your story!
We are looking for more lung transplant patients who want to share their story with the world and bring awareness to their situation.
By sharing your story with us, you will...
1. inspire many
2. help other (potential) lung transplant patients by sharing your journey
3. help us raise money for you to help with medical costs
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to share your story.
Check out all these lung transplant patients we’ve helped!
We have great news!
We relaunched out “care package” program for lung transplant patients in April 2022!
Unfortunately, we had to pause this program in 2021 due to lack of funding, but it's back!
This means if you emailed us requesting a care package, we are sending one out to you.
We are ordering supplies and putting together new care packages as we speak.
We can't do this without your help.
There are about 2,000 lung transplants done in the U.S. every year. This number has increased due to COVID-19. Our ultimate goal is to make sure every lung transplant patient receives a care package with all the essentials they need to live a healthy life after their transplant.
Please donate to our Lung Transplant Patient Support Program so we can get these care packages to as many lung transplant patients as possible.
Please help us change the statistics and increase the survival rate of lung transplant recipients by donating to our Lung Transplant Patient Support Program today.
We want to wish all of you a very happy 2022!
We hope that 2022 will bring more joy, prosperity, and good health to you and your loved ones.
As we continue to live through a global pandemic, it's important to reflect on our accomplishments through the past year and look forward to our goals for the new year.
In 2021, due to COVID-19, our funding was severely cut. However, our organization survived another year of the pandemic! We are proud that we have been able to stay running (at a lower capacity) so far and we have no plans of stopping.
In 2021, we were able to:
1.) Continue publishing educational information about lung health.
2.) Continue keeping our donors updated through our monthly newsletters.
3.) Take time to restructure and reorganize our Lung Transplant Patient Support Program while it was on hold.
5.) Open a new online merchandise store with brand new Lung Girl merchandise with international shipping.
6.) Work with a grant writer to help us increase revenue for 2022
7.) Raise funds despite a pandemic through Facebook, Amazon Smile, and individual donations on our website.
Thank you to all of you who donated to our charity or helped us raise funds in 2021! You are helping us keep going so we can continue to help lung transplant patients.
To those of you who requested a Lung Transplant Patient "care package" in 2021, we haven't forgotten about you. Please keep reading for some good news!
We have ambitious goals for 2022. This year we will:
1.) Increase revenue through grants, sponsorships, sales, fundraisers, and marketing.
2.) Relaunch our Lung Transplant Patient Support Program with
4.) Increase online educational content.
5.) Increase the impact our organization is making in the community.
In the United States, surgeons perform about 2,000 lung transplants every year. This has increased due to COVID-19 patients that need new lungs. Our mission is to be able to help every single lung transplant patient in the country through funding lung transplant research and supporting the patients with medical bills and other resources. This is the only way to change the dreary statistics of lung transplantation and save lives.
We are very excited to keep working and growing the impact of our nonprofit organization in 2022. We hope that you will join us in our mission.
If you would like to support us with any of these goals, please donate now.
We wish you a very happy holiday season!
We hope this holiday season comes with quality time with loved ones and delicious food. We hope you and your family stay safe and enjoy our second holiday season since the beginning of the pandemic.
'Tis the season for giving.
Lung transplant patients have been especially impacted by COVID-19 due to their immunocompromised status. Please help us support lung transplant patients through this difficult time by providing them with resources, funding, and care packages.
Please donate today.
We have a new and improved merchandise store with many new products that include clothes, accessories like phone cases, and homeware like pillows and blankets.
Our new store ships worldwide!
Did you know that 100% of the proceeds from selling our merchandise are used to support our organization?
You can help lung transplant patients by buying something cool for yourself or your loved ones!
As you all may know by now, January 2nd is Sid Vahal’s birthday!
Every year, we celebrate his birthday along with a new year. The Sid Foundation was created to keep Sid’s legacy alive and help lung transplant patients like him beat the odds.
Today, Sid would have been 36 years old. Although lung transplant complications took him away at 29 years old, he will always be with us in our hearts.
Thank you for helping us keep Sid’s legacy alive by supporting The Sid Foundation!
You can learn more about Sid’s story here.