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CHICAGO, Aug. 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) will showcase how the pulmonary fibrosis (PF) community stands together in the fight against the life-threatening lung disease during Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in September.
“We will shine the spotlight on PF by sharing important facts about the disease and personal stories from individuals who are impacted by it, “said William T. Schmidt, president and CEO of the PFF. “We want everyone in the community to get involved, come to our events and spread the word.”
More than 250,000 Americans are living with PF, which causes progressive scarring in the lungs. More than 50,000 new cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S.
The PFF Walk 2022 to raise awareness and funds for research and support of those living with PF is set for the following dates in September —
- Sept. 10 – Diversey Harbor, Chicago
- Sept. 17 – Crissy Field, Bay Area
- Sept. 24 – National Walk Day, Virtually
The PFF Walk features two course options – 5K and one mile – and family-friendly activities, refreshments, educational materials about PF and more. Registration is free and those who raise $100 or more will receive a commemorative PFF Walk t-shirt.
The second annual ILD Day on Wednesday, Sept. 14, aims to elevate awareness of interstitial lung disease (ILD), of which there are 200 different causes. ILD is characterized by inflammation and/or scarring in the lungs, making it difficult to breathe and get oxygen into the blood stream.
As part of ILD Day, an educational webinar hosted by internationally recognized ILD expert, Dr. Anna Podolanczuk, will be held at 12 p.m. CDT on Sept. 14. The presentation will focus on “Progressive Pulmonary Fibrosis: What Patients Need to Know,” and will provide information to help patients better understand the disease and its progression. Webinar registration is available here.
Beginning September 1, the PFF will post content every day on its social media channels with the handle @pfforg on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube, using the hashtags #PFMonth and #BlueUp4PF. Each day, a fact about PF will be posted at 11 a.m. CDT and a story will be posted at 1 p.m. CDT.
The #BlueUp4PF campaign recognizes the effect of the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream. Inadequate oxygen levels, which can be caused by PF, may result in the fingernails or lips turning a bluish color. #BlueUp4PF encourages people to wear blue, take a selfie, and post it on social media with the reason they are going blue for PF Awareness Month.
In addition, more than 100 iconic buildings, monuments and bridges will shine blue with hope for the PF community throughout September. The list of sites and the dates they will be illuminated during PF Awareness Month is available here.
About the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
The mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is to accelerate the development of new treatments and ultimately a cure for pulmonary fibrosis. Until this goal is achieved, the PFF is committed to advancing improved care of patients with PF and providing unequaled support and education resources for patients, caregivers, family members, and health care providers. The PFF has a three-star rating from Charity Navigator and is an accredited charity by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) Wise Giving Alliance. The Foundation has met all of the requirements of the National Health Council Standards of Excellence Certification Program® and has earned the Guidestar Platinum Seal of Transparency. For more information, visit pulmonaryfibrosis.org or call 844.TalkPFF (844.825.5733).
Contact: Dorothy Coyle
SOURCE The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
Winnipeggers passed a torch around Central Park for an annual event this weekend, casting a spotlight on the continued importance of human rights.
Manitobans for Human Rights, an organization created eight years ago with the goal of educating Manitobans about the importance of human rights, held their seventh annual Torch of Dignity relay on Sunday.
The event featured human rights speakers and live entertainment as well as artisan, career and resource booths.
Zara Kadhim, the logistics coordinator for the organization, said although the event was downsized this year, the hope was to bring the community together.
“Education is the first step,” she told Radio-Canada in an interview, adding that the province still has a long way to go.
Friendly Manitoba is doing a lot better than many places in the world when it comes to human rights, Kadhim said, but issues like homelessness, MMIWG2S and immigrant and refugee struggles are becoming more normalized in the province.
“We’re almost desensitized to human rights violations,” she said.
The aim of the relay was to bring awareness to those issues and focus on peoples’ similarities instead of their differences, said Kadhim.
The peer support organization Anxiety Disorders Association of Manitoba, where all staff have lived experience with anxiety, had their own resource booth at the event.
“Mental health is a human right,” said Vienna Code, the public education and communications coordinator for ADAM. “We need to promote it a bit more and understand that all humans deserve the right to mental health services.”
With the pandemic seemingly winding down, Code said more people are having difficulties with addressing their nerves.
“People think they shouldn’t be anxious anymore or have those thoughts,” she said.
Anxiety and mental health concerns are common, she said, and ADAM acts as a stepping stone for people to see what next steps they have to take to address their mental health issues.
Code said it’s important for younger people to have earlier interventions when it comes to mental health issues.
“I think there still continues to be a stigma around mental health and I think that’s the hardest hurdle for people, to step and reach out for help.”
Sarah Parker, executive assistant of the Islamic Social Services Association, said the association took part in the event to encourage people to be open to learning about Islam and Muslims.
“In a way, if they know about Islam and Muslims, then we can fight the stereotypes,” she said.
“We believe that at the heart of human rights is human dignity.”
WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – Beacon Education announced Aug. 9 that Emeril Lagasse and Rachel Ray are expected to attend the foundation’s 8th Annual Celebrity Chef Events on Feb. 9 and 10, 2023.
Per their announcement, the two will be in attendance for a dinner on Feb. 9 as well as a breakfast and luncheon on Feb. 10. The breakfast and luncheon are currently scheduled to occur at Landfall Country Club.
Beacon Education, formerly GLOW NC, is a nonprofit foundation that currently supports the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington (GLOW Academy). According to Beacon, the foundation is working to open the Spark Academy, a co-ed and mixed-income education center for young children. As of this time, the Spark Academy is scheduled to open in summer 2023.
According to their announcement, the money raised by the 8th Annual Celebrity Chef Events will go towards supporting both the Spark Academy and the GLOW Academy.
For more information, please visit Beacon Education’s website.
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More than 35 companies and post secondary institutions handed out information and accepted applications from people searching for the perfect career in Maple Ridge on Thursday.
The Black Press Media Career and Post Secondary Education Event was held at the Golden Ears Winter Club and hundreds of job seekers took advantage of the opportunity to talk with company leaders and learn about the opportunities that are available.
Black Press Media’s events manager, Ranee Pal, said at previous events more than 1,500 attendees have come through the doors who are looking for career changes and post secondary education.
“It’s a one stop shop. It really is,” she said.
Reanna Haddrell, 20, was looking for employment opportunities in business.
“I really like working with people and I’m great at organization and I wanted to look for something in business,” said the Maple Ridge resident.
“There’s so many opportunities and colleges I have never even heard of and they have wonderful programs with in-person and online offers,” she said of the career fair.
Langley resident Troy Edwards, 17, was at the fair just getting an idea of employment opportunities in the workforce. He said he is more interested in the “high-paced jobs, not the sitting down jobs”.
Edwards was checking out a booth for concrete scanning company Xradar and he was also interested in learning about ironworking after talking with ironworker Danielle Shaw about the industry.
Black Press Media has been hosting this event in the community for the past seven years, although Pal advised, during the COVID-19 pandemic they pivoted to a virtual event.
Some of the companies and post secondary institutions at the event on Thursday included: B.C. Corrections, cement company Lafarge, Vancouver Community College, Capilano University, and the City of Maple Ridge.
“It is important to let the community know that there are jobs out there for them,” said Pal about the event.
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STEM Education Center’s 10th Anniversary Event
On April 27, come celebrate and learn about the STEM Education Center’s work with PreK-12 educators. Enjoy light refreshments with old and new friends.
3:30-4:30 pm and 5-5:30 pm: Connect with peers and learn about our Center’s work in empowering PreK-12 educators, supporting STEM education research, and engaging with our local community.
4:30-5 pm Special Program: Recognizing the role of our Center in STEM education and the retirement of the Center’s founder, Dr. Martha Cyr ’87, ’97.
Free parking: WPI’s Garage, 151 Salisbury Street, Worcester, MA.
Walk-ins welcome! We’ll have blank nametags to write one out or feel free to bring your own.
We hope to see you there!
Kathy, Mia, Donna, Terry, Shari, Joshua, & Martha
HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra has planned a series of events to raise awareness of social justice issues.
The programming will feature musical performances, guest lectures, masterclasses and more.
Both Thursday and Friday will include concerts featuring the guests, including composer Xavier Foley.
Some of Foley’s compositions, including For Justice and Peace, will be performed by the symphony orchestra with Foley joining.
“Well, the students here are very talented, and I don’t have to worry,” said Foley. “The piece works itself out with this talented group here.”
“Yeah, it is great to hear my own music, but again, sometimes we can get a little too picky, so I try to just let them do their thing and everyone have fun.”
“It’s very special, Xavier is a very special young man,” said USM Director of Orchestral Activities, Dr. Michael Miles. “He’s a composer. He’s a beautiful artist, solo artist.
“The impression that he makes on our young people is instantaneous and just huge for them, so he inspires them the minute he walks on the stage.”
A collection of events is listed below.
Thursday, April 21:
- 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. – Panel Discussion: Challenges in Diversity and Inclusion in the Music Industry. Panelists: Xavier Foley, Weston Sprott, Joyce McCall and Anthony Wellington at the Intermezzo Gallery
- 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. – Lecture and Q & A with Weston Sprott at The Hub, Room 100
- 7:30 p.m. – The University of Southern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra presents …and Justice for All with guest artists Xavier Foley and John Uzodinma. Also, featuring Shostakovich Symphony No. 10 at the Bennett Auditorium.
Friday, April 22:
- 10 a.m. – Noon – Masterclass with Xavier Foley at the Intermezzo Gallery
- 7:30 p.m. – The University of Southern Mississippi Wind Ensemble with guest artist Weston Sprott at the Manonni Performing Arts Center
Tickets can be purchased at the door on the night of the performance.
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