CHICAGO BEAR RUNNING
BACK JORDAN HOWARD, FIGHTS FOR A PULMONARY FIBROSIS CURE 10 YEARS AFTER HIS
– NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month and Chicago Bears MVP Jordan Howard
imagines a world without pulmonary fibrosis (PF), the disease that cut his
father’s life short. Howard is launching a campaign to commemorate the 10-year
anniversary of his father’s death with a fundraising challenge to benefit the
Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF). The
campaign asks individuals to donate $10, then to recruit 10 people to donate
$10 to help support the PFF's efforts to find a cure. Howard will personally
match the first $10,000 donated to the campaign.
dad was my best friend and I miss him every day,” said Howard. “Ten years is
like yesterday to me. I want everyone affected by pulmonary fibrosis to keep
fighting, keep having hope and faith and keep believing there will be a cure.”
was 12 years old when his father, Dr. Reginald B. “DOC” Howard, passed away at
age 52 on January 31, 2007 after a nine-year battle with the disease.
became a champion for the PFF when he pledged his support to the PF community
in November 2016. He auctioned PF-branded cleats with his father’s nickname,
“DOC,” during the NFL’s inaugural My
Cause, My Cleats campaign on December 4. Howard scored three touchdowns
during the Bears’ 26-6 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Proceeds from the
auction benefited the PFF.
Howard and the PFF teamed up on a giant billboard campaign in Times Square. The
15-second ad tells Howard's story and invites viewers to join the fight. It
appears on a supersize 29-foot-by-56-foot billboard at 1500 Broadway and 43rd
St in New York City. The spot runs three times an hour, 20 hours a day through
community is inspired by Jordan’s incredible generosity and his ability to turn
his personal loss into a passion for finding a cure for this disease,” said
Patti Tuomey, EdD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the PFF.
fibrosis is a devastating group of progressive diseases that cause scarring in
limiting oxygen intake. As a result, the brain, heart and other organs do not
get the required oxygen needed in order to function properly. There is no known
cure for PF.
make a donation and for more information about Jordan Howard’s involvement with
the PFF, visit teampff.org.
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 health care conference, will be held in November 9-11, 2017 in
Nashville, Tennessee. For more information, visit pulmonaryfibrosis.org.