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Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Week - 17-25th September 2016

Surrey Man to complete 200-mile charity cycle for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust to mark IPF Awareness Week

Established with the aim to create a national and international network of people working to support patients with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, September 17th-25th will mark IPF Awareness Week 2016.

In correlation, Surrey resident Tony Suwalski will be undertaking a 200-mile charity bike ride to raise funds for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust in memory of his wife, Karen, who passed away from IPF at the end of last year. To mark what would have been their 33rd wedding anniversary, Tony will be cycling from their home in Ashtead, Surrey to Karen’s birthplace in south Wales between the 14th and 17th of September.

Tony is looking to raise a target of £5000 for The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust – a charity that supports people living with this as-yet-incurable condition; a scarring of the lungs which critically affects breathing. Run by patients, for patients, The Pulmonary Fibrosis Trust offers practical, emotional and financial support to those effected by the disease. They also strive to raise awareness of the illness and in particular the challenges people face on a daily basis.

Tony says he hopes to emulate his wife’s fighting spirit and honour her memory through supporting this cause.

We feel such a huge and indescribable loss over Karen’s death and across the world this is being mirrored by the families who have lost loved ones to this devastating condition. I have seen first hand the fantastic, personal work the trust does for those suffering from IPF and their families. I hope that people reading this will dig deep and support the challenge so we can help a charity that is doing such incredible work.

A BT Donate page has been set up for donations- find out more about the challenge and donate towards the target at

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