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January 14, 2014

5K Love Run brings awareness to deadly disease

MILLEDGEVILLE —

After nearly 38 years of marriage, Ann Jordan suffered the loss of her best friend and husband Tom last year after he lost his battle to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) — a fatal disease in which scar tissue is formed on the lungs depriving the victim of the ability to breathe.

Ann and the Jordan family are hoping to bring awareness to the disease through a 1 Mile and 5K “Love Run” in honor of Tom.

“After he told us he was ready to go to heaven, we were around his hospital bed saying our goodbyes, and the last words he said was ‘go love everyone you meet.’ That’s why we decided to do the Love Run because he seemed to really live that,” Ann said emotionally. “Tom was on two study drugs at Emory, and neither one became a cure. The Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis provided our family support in the last five years, and I just want to do something to get the word out about this dreadful, deadly disease and also find a cure.”

The community event is slated to kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at Northridge Christian Church off Log Cabin Road. Registration is $20 for individuals age 12 and older, and $12 for children under 12. In order to receive a T-shirt, walkers and runners must register by Monday, Feb. 3. Proceeds of the event will be donated to the Coalition of Pulmonary Fibrosis to support its mission of finding a cure.

“We know everyone can’t come to Milledgeville, but we hope you can still support our team. This year, we hope to raise $5,000 for the Coalition of Pulmonary Fibrosis,” Ann said. “We aren’t doing this as a race for awards and such, but we’re doing this to come together to love on each other and raise money for a cure. There is currently no cure for this disease, but researchers are working toward finding medications that can alter or stop the condition from worsening.”

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