On Friday, Feb. 24, 2017Jordan Howard, Chicago Bears record-breaking rookie rusher, presented a $10,000 check payable to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) in memory of his father, Dr. Reginald B. “Doc” Howard. Howard’s father passed away from pulmonary fibrosis ten years ago at the age of 52.

The check represents a personal gift from Howard as a match to $10,000 in donations raised through a fundraising challenge he launched for the PFF. Howard’s campaign asked people to donate $10, and then recruit 10 people to donate $10. The campaign’s goal was $10,000, which Jordan pledged to match if it was met. Bears Care, the charity arm of the Chicago Bears, presented a $2,500 check to the PFF as a bonus to Howard’s matching gift.

“We will keep fighting to find a cure for pulmonary fibrosis,” said Howard. “We’re not giving up until we rid the world of this deadly disease.”

“Jordan understands first-hand the impact of this disease,” said Patti Tuomey, Ed.D., President, and CEO of the PFF. “We are extremely grateful for his commitment to our cause and our community.”

Pulmonary fibrosis is a devastating group of progressive diseases that cause scarring in the lungs, limiting oxygen intake. As a result, the brain, heart, and other organs do not get the oxygen required to function properly. There is no known cure for pulmonary fibrosis.

About the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation
The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high-quality care and leads research for a cure so people with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) will live longer healthier lives. The PFF collaborates with physicians, organizations, people with PF and caregivers worldwide. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation has a four-star rating from Charity Navigator and is a Better Business Bureau accredited charity. The PFF Summit 2017, its fourth biennial international healthcare conference, will be held November 9-11, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit pulmonaryfibrosis.org  or call 844.TalkPFF  (844.825.5733) or  +1 312.587.9272  from outside the U.S.

CONTACT: Dorothy Coyle

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SOURCE The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation