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The Second Wind Foundation For Pulmonary Fibrosis Proudly Announces The “Breathe Easy” Program To Help Families Suffering From Pulmonary Fibrosis

The Second Wind Foundation For Pulmonary Fibrosis Proudly Announces The “Breathe Easy” Program To Help Families Suffering From Pulmonary Fibrosis 

The Second Wind Foundation to provide gas cards to families who are suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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Note: The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, was started by Ron Geoffroy, the former local President for NATCA, when his wife got diagnosed.  Also I, Matt, am a board member and proud to help promote our cause.  Please share this with everyone you know.  Encourage your biker buddies to join our ride.  This is a press release, so repost on your blog, just be sure to credit the Second Wind at  http://secondwindforpf.com/

Auburn, NH – The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis proudly announces the start of a new program designed to help families who are suffering from 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.  After being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, patients must meet with their doctors regularly to monitor their condition.  The increase in doctor visits, home healthcare, and oxygen tanks put a significant financial strain on patients and their families.

Ron and Marylou Geoffroy started the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, after Marylou was diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

“As Marylou’s condition deteriorated, we were traveling to Boston for doctors appointments a few times a month,” said Ron Geoffroy President of the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis. “This is exactly why we started the ‘Breathe Easy’ program, to give some monetary support to families suffering from Pulmonary Fibrosis.”

To help families deal with the financial strains that a chronic disease can have, the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis created the Breathe Easy program to provide $50 gas cards to qualified recipients.

The Breathe Easy program is open to anyone who suffers from Pulmonary Fibrosis or for those who are caring for someone with PF.  The Breathe Easy application can be downloaded at http://secondwindforpf.com/breathe-easy-program/.

Right now there is no cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis, and thanks to donations from the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, new research is helping to find a cure.

To help raise money for this new program the Second Wind Foundation is hosting a charity motorcycle ride this September. The “Give A Gift Of Breath” motorcycle ride will be held on September 13th 2014 and begins at the Plumbers and Pipefitters Hall, 161 Londonderry Turnpike, Hooksett, NH.

Enjoy a scenic ride through the tree-lined roads of central New Hampshire, and then enjoy some great food courtesy of the Puritan Back Room.

Registration for the ride begins at 8:00 am with kickstands up at 10:30 a.m.  The cost is only $25 per bike and $10 for additional riders.

“The Give a Gift of Breath motorcycle ride is one of our biggest annual fundraisers for the Second Wind Foundation,” said Geoffroy. “To encourage people to sign up early for the ride, we are offering a $5 discount if you register now.”

For more information about the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, and to register for our upcoming ride, go to http://secondwindforpf.com/.

Help Give The Gift Of Breath With The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis

Second Wind Foundation Final CopyThe NH Labor News is not usually in the habit of promoting individual charity organizations however the Second Wind Foundation holds a special place in my heart.

The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis was founded by my good friend and fellow union member, Ron Geoffroy.  Ron has been and continues to be a mentor to me.  Ron started the foundation shortly after his wife Marylou was diagnosed.  There is not much information about Pulmonary Fibrosis, and in turn there are not many ‘foundations’ working to raise money for research.

The Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis is a 501 C(3) non-profit organization established in June of 2010.  We provide funding for research to find a cure for Pulmonary Fibrosis, promote events that create awareness of the disease, and assist with support of families affected by PF. The foundation has just completed its second year of fundraising and is proud to announce that we have distributed our first grant for research to the Mass General Hospital Pulmonary Research Group.

Our fundraising efforts continue with a partnership with the Manchester Monarchs by having the Second Wind Foundation for PF hockey night at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday February 16th at 7pm.  Tickets for this event are $20.  For every ticket sold, the Second Wind Foundation for PF will receive  $8.  Each ticket holder will receive one entry into the “Chuck-a-Puck” event as well as be entered into a drawing to be one of 20 people selected to hold the American flag on the ice during the National Anthem.  We are grateful to the Manchester Monarchs for their assistance with non-profit organizations like ours.

The Second Wind Foundation for PF hopes that hockey night will become a significant event for our organization.  With your help, by attending our event, we’ll continue with necessary funding for research and helping families affected by this disease,.  For information on the event or tickets, contact Ron Geoffroy at 603-396-9535 or rgeoffroy@comcast.net.

The Second Wind Foundation for PF hosts many events throughout the year, so if you cannot attend this event, there will be more.  Be sure to like them on Facebook to keep up to date on upcoming events.

If you plan to give to a charity this year, consider giving to the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis.

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