Most people never think about their lungs, taking for granted the fact that we breathe about 22,000 times every day. So it came as a complete surprise to me and my family when I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, and learnt that one in four people in Australia is affected by some kind of lung disease. From this point my journey with IPF took off in earnest, leading eventually to a double lung transplant.
From my experience along the way, I have learnt that lung disease tends to be a poorly neglected and under-funded area of medical focus. There seem to be fewer funds allocated, less research and less available knowledge than with many other human disease areas.
My aim is to assist by raising funds for, and building awareness of IPF and other lung diseases through the Lungitude Foundation, by voluntary speaking engagements, mentoring and support of patient care. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.