Hello! My name is Josie Barrett. Twelve years ago I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, as the years passed and my condition deteriorated I was placed under the care of The Alfred Lung Transplant Team, and eventually placed on the waiting list for a lung transplant.
To my amazement and delight that much awaited for phone call came earlier this year on my granddaughter’s birthday. From the moment I presented myself to the emergency department at The Alfred Hospital the support and care I received was absolutely fantastic.
So many people were involved in my care. I am so grateful to everyone especially the transplant team and the wonderful donor family.
It has been around a year now since my transplant and the difference in my life is incredible. I’d forgotten what it was like to do the most simple things without running out of breath, even talking became an effort. Not any more! .. thanks to The Alfred team. I now walk at least five kilometres three days a week and I am involved in an exercise group. I can also play with my grandkids and ride my bike with them.
I have been given so much, so now I feel that I would like to contribute to the cause by supporting the Lungitude Foundation. Please support me in this very worthy cause by making a donation (all monetary donations of $2 or more are tax deductible) or come to my Gippsland Model Engineering Society Miniature Train Club Fundraiser.
Train Rides in the Park Fundraiser
Date: Sunday 23rd February 2020
Time: 12:00pm (noon) to 4:00pm
Venue: Newman Park Peterkin Street Traralgon
Cost: $3 per ride
Thank you for the great response to my morning tea fundraising event on 12th February 2019, and to everyone who has donated to my campaign of $2,000 via the Lungitude website.
Just over half way there now so a little more to go.
For my next event the Gippsland Model Engineering Society Miniature Train Club, who my husband Trevor is a member of, had pledged half of their day’s takings on 23rd February 2020 to my cause.
The club has a number of trains including steam, diesel and electric engines. The rides go for for 9 minutes along a 1.1 kilometres long track that is situated in the beautiful Newman Park in Traralgon. There are BBQs and a large play park. The perfect place to enjoy a family day out.
So mark the date of 23rd February on your calendar and enjoy a great day out while supporting this very worthy cause.
Cheers hope to see you there.