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January 14, 2014

5K Love Run brings awareness to deadly disease



Prizes from area businesses will also be raffled off during the event, including gift certificates to restaurants and gift baskets. Businesses or individuals who donate $100 or more will be advertised on the event T-shirt as sponsors. 

According to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, IPF affects between 132,000 and 200,000 people in the United States. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and as many as 40,000 Americans die from IPF each year. IPF affects more men than women and usually occurs between the ages of 50 and 70, however, IPF has been diagnosed in people from early adulthood into their late 80s.

The Jordans moved from Athens to Milledgeville in 1984, and became owners of the local SERVPRO. Tom was diagnosed with IPF in 2007, and as a result, the Jordans sold the franchise after 25 years of business. Tom went to work at the local AT&T store in 2008. He lost his fight to the disease at age 69 on May 29, 2012.

“Tom was very active at church and he loved to sing,” Ann said. “He had a very good sense of humor and liked to play jokes on people, but he was also a very compassionate man.”

The Jordans have three daughters — Laurie Hix, Sheree Morris and Deanna Maddox — and two grandchildren — Gracie Hix, Tyler Morris and one on the way.

“The girls love their mother, but they were all three daddy’s girls. He had the gift to make each one of them feel like they were number one,” Ann said. “I feel fully blessed that I had my chance to say goodbye.”

For more information about the event, to donate funds, or register, call Ann at 770-401-7739, email, or visit

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