Local group walks to bring a breath of fresh air to sufferers of rare lung disease

Second annual "Breath-A-Palooza" awareness walk
Posted at 7:07 PM, Sep 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-08 21:07:07-04

September is Global Pulmonary Fibrosis month, and to celebrate, Idahoans are spreading awareness of the disease by walking in the second annual "Breath-A-Palooza" awareness walk.

Pulmonary Fibrosis has no cure. It creates scarring in the lung tissue of its victims. Organizers of the walk say the disease can be devastating to entire families.

"This is a devastating disease that not only affects a patient but affects their whole family, and it really is something that is relatively rare," said Debbie Herndon, the President of the Idaho Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group.

It's estimated that 200,000 people suffer from the disease in the United States. 2,300 people in Idaho are affected.