End Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic, progressive lung disease. This condition causes scar tissue (fibrosis) to build up in the lungs, which makes the lungs unable to transport oxygen into the bloodstream effectively. The disease usually affects people between the ages of 50 and 70.
There is no cure.
Most affected individuals survive 3 to 5 years after their diagnosis. However, some people become seriously ill within a few months, while others may live with the disease for a decade or longer.
At 67, Frank Benson of New Albany, OH, faces IPF, the disease which killed his father. He is treated by James Allen, MD, at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He and his family have started a fund to advance research into IPF, helping attract top researchers to Ohio State.
“Dr. Allen told us that research for lung disorders, particularly toward IPF, is 20 years behind heart and cancer. The numbers are staggering. That woke Jewel and I up," Frank says.
“Awareness is number one, and through awareness we hope that we can raise funds for research to save lives,” says Jewel, Frank’s wife.
Researchers at The Ohio State University Dorothy M. Davis Heart and Lung Research Institute have begun examining the link between family history and IPF.
By supporting the Jewel and Frank Benson Family Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Research Fund you enable researchers to save lives.
There’s no better day than today to help us unlock IPF. A generous match from Frank and Jewel Benson means your gift will be DOUBLED if you give on Day of Giving. Your gift makes all the difference in finding a cure.
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