According to the National Institutes for Health, Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis, IPF, is a condition in which over a period of time the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred. The development of the scar tissue is called fibrosis. As the lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, the lungs lose their ability to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain and other organs don’t get the oxygen they need. IPF affects approximately 200,000 Americans and an estimated 40,000 Americans pass away from IPF each year. One recent study estimated the prevalence of all interstitial lung diseases in the United States at about 500,000.
The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis a non-profit 501 (C) 3 in Auburn New Hampshire provides funding for research, assistance to families affected by PF, and awareness of the disease. We are proud to announce our “Give a Gift of Breath” program during our Second Wind for Pulmonary Fibrosis Week from May 12-18th . The Second Wind Foundation teaming with Yoga studios throughout New Hampshire, will work together to provided needed funding for research of Pulmonary Fibrosis.