Why Red and Blue for Pulmonary Fibrosis?

Red and Blue Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Ribbon
Ami Temerantz, is a young girl who lost her dad, Robert, to pulmonary fibrosis when she was just 15 years old.

Almost a year after his death, Ami made up her mind to make a difference. Starting in July 2004, Ami planned and executed 6 different events to raise money and awareness of pulmonary fibrosis. One of the ideas she had was to sell awareness ribbons.

She purchased red and blue ribbon to symbolize the oxygenated and unoxygenated blood going to the lungs*.

What is Pulmonary Fibrosis?
The American Lung Association states pulmonary fibrosis, a lung disease, is marked by tissue deep in the lungs that have become scarred. This scarring is the "fibrosis" of the disease name. Once lung tissue is scarred it can make it difficult to breathe.

Other facts:
-When no known cause can be found it is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
-There is no cure.
-Many with the disease only live 3-5 years after diagnosis.
-Once lung scarring has taken place it cannot be reversed.

*Information provided by Jennifer Bulandr, advocate of pulmonary fibrosis research and raising awareness.

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