The Second Wind Foundation Donates $5,000 To Massachusetts General Hospital To Further Research On Pulmonary Fibrosis

Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis President Ron Geoffroy and Dr Tager Others in the photo: Katharine Black, MD Rachel Knipe, MD David Lagares, MD  Neil Ahluwalia, MD  Flavia Castelino, MD  Veronica Pace, MD Paula Grasberger, MD

Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis President Ron Geoffroy and Dr Tager
Others in the photo: Katharine Black, MD Rachel Knipe, MD David Lagares, MD Neil Ahluwalia, MD Flavia Castelino, MD Veronica Pace, MD Paula Grasberger, MD

(Manchester, NH) This week Ron Geoffroy, President of the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, delivered a check for $5,000 to Dr Tager, who accepted the check on behalf of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Massachusetts General Hospital is well known throughout the country for their cutting edge research on Pulmonary Fibrosis.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a rare lung disease that creates scar tissue inside the lungs, making it harder and harder to breathe.   Pulmonary Fibrosis currently effects more than 500,000 people in the US.

“We are deeply appreciative of all that the Second Wind Foundation is doing to raise awareness of pulmonary fibrosis and to advance our research in pursuit of new treatments for this devastating disease,” said Dr Tager. “Philanthropic support is vital to ensuring that our team of researchers at Mass General can explore multiple avenues toward discoveries that can improve the lives of countless patients and their families. I can’t thank Ron, the board members and all of the Second Wind Foundation supporters enough for their generosity.”

Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis President Ron Geoffroy and Dr Tager

Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis President Ron Geoffroy and Dr Tager

“In particular, our laboratory will use the funds so generously provided by the Second Wind Foundation to support the research we do with the diseased lungs of patients with pulmonary fibrosis who receive lung transplants.  After these lungs are removed as part of the transplant procedure, they provide us with an invaluable window into how pulmonary fibrosis progresses to the point where it becomes life-threatening,” concluded Dr. Tager.

“We are proud to be presenting this $5,000 check to Massachusetts General Hospital for their work and support for those who suffer from Pulmonary Fibrosis,” said Ron Geoffroy, President of the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis.  “One day, we will find a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis, and it could be from research being conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.”

This is the third year in a row that the Second Wind Foundation has donated to Massachusetts General Hospital specifically for research on Pulmonary Fibrosis.  The Second Wind Foundation was able to make this donation thanks to generous private donations and fundraisers like our annual “Hockey Night” fundraiser with the Manchester Monarchs coming up on Feb. 7th.  To purchase tickets to the Manchester Monarchs “Pink in the Rink” hockey game through the Second Wind Foundation go to http://secondwindforpf.com/2014/10/join-us-for-hockey-night-fundraiser-with-the-manchester-monarchs/.

For more information on the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis go to http://secondwindforpf.com/.

 

The Second Wind Foundation For Pulmonary Fibrosis

Ron and MaryLou Geoffroy started The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2010 after MaryLou was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.  They struggled to find information and support for people with PF. Ron and MaryLou started the foundation because they wanted to help raise awareness and money to support continued research for this unknown disease.  The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis continues to educate the public about this rare but deadly disease, raise money for research and to help families suffering with PF.

Ron Geoffroy continues to lead the Second Wind Foundation in loving memory of his late wife.