THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Donna Schwartz Memorial Walk for IPF Foundation
A 5K Memorial Walk for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation will be held Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Crivitz High School in honor of the late Donna Schwartz of Porterfield who died of the disease Jan. 4, 2012.
This year is the third Memorial Walk held in her honor. The first took place in 2011 when she was first diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and was able to attend the walk in a wheelchair. The second took place in 2012 after her death. The disease progressed quickly which is not uncommon as the medical survival rate is only 2 to 3 years.
IPF is a condition in which the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff and scarred causing the lungs to lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. The disease affects 200,000 Americans and there is no FDA approved treatment or cure. An estimated 40,000 people die each year from IPF. All of the proceeds from the walk will be donated to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in her memory.
Donations are appreciated and on Sept. 7 a global awareness walk will take place by the Foundation.
The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization. Money raised is used to fund research, awareness and education for the fatal lung disease.
One of Donna Schwartz's daughters, Michelle Propson is chairman of the walk and she can be reached at 906-366-2562 for details. Preregistration is not necessary.
She said her mother was an amazing woman who gave so much of herself to her family and friends. She is greatly missed.