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Join us, in collaboration with the Delamar Hotel and Blue Back Square to raise awareness and funds for PF, a disease that takes breath away, a disease with no cure yet, a disease that can take life away in 3-5 years!

Mal Doyle of West Hartford was rushed to the hospital three years ago after experiencing shortness of breath. There, he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), a life-threatening disease that causes progressive scarring in the lungs. There is no known cure.

Doyle was prescribed oxygen therapy and a medication to help slow the progression of the disease. He was told he would have only a short time to live.

Doyle resolved to fight PF and, with help from the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF), he started the Greater Hartford Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group. He also became a volunteer Ambassador for the PFF and works to raise awareness of the disease. He has received support from West Hartford Mayor Shari Cantor and several businesses in the community.

“All of us breathe about 20,000 times a day and never give it a second thought. There is nothing more terrifying than struggling to catch your next breath,” said Doyle. “I’m grateful to so many people in this town who have come together and have been willing to help me create an awareness of this devastating disease.”

As a result of Doyle’s efforts, in our 2nd year!! West Hartford will offer several events in conjunction with Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in September…

  • Mayor Shari Cantor  proclaimed  that September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month in West Hartford.
  • Blue Back Square, 65 Memorial Rd., will light their gardens in blue, during September to recognize Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. The blue lighting initiative will be promoted on social media with the hashtag, #BlueUp4PF.
  • On Sunday, Sept. 27, at 8:30am, a special “Yoga From the Heart”class will be held at Webster Walk. Tickets are available for $15+ online at YogaFromTheHeartStudio.com or in-person at the studio. All proceeds will benefit the PFF.
  • The Delamar West Hotel, 1 Memorial Rd., will turn its fountain lights blue for Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month. The hotel’s mixologist will also create a blue drink to raise awareness of PF. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the PFF.

 Be sure to stop by the PF table and meet my friend, Malcolm Doyle and his daughter Valerie…an amazing man diagnosed with this disease, the creator of this event, spending his time to help those who can not!

Location: Blue Back Square ~ 65 Memorial Rd

$15 minimum donation for the Yoga class, 100% proceeds go to PFF! (every donation will receive a special gift from the PFF)