Thank you to everyone who participated in the Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program, and helped us to raise awareness about IPF.
….And the randomly selected Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion is….
Congratulations to Dr.. Charlene Fell from Calgary who has been randomly selected as our first ever #KissIPFGoodbye Champion! She will be awarded with a $5,000 educational grant to be put towards advancing knowledge in the field of IPF.
About Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions
The Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program invites Canadian residents* to nominate a Canadian healthcare provider – doctor or nurse – to be recognized for their contributions to improve the lives of people living with IPF.
What is a Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion?
Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions are healthcare providers who have made a significant and positive impact on patients and caregivers through their commitment, care and an ongoing desire to make a difference for the IPF community. They provide quality care, always put their patients’ needs first and are dedicated to improving the IPF patient journey.
To find out more about the history of this program, click here.
- What is Kiss IPF Goodbye™?
Kiss IPF Goodbye™ is an educational initiative aimed at raising awareness about the signs and symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive and fatal lung disease., Since it first launched in 2014, Kiss IPF Goodbye™ has evolved into a movement that brings together IPF patients, caregivers and healthcare providers in an effort to continue shining light on this rare disease and raising funds for IPF research.
- What is the Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program?
The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) and Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd. are launching the Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program, inviting Canadian residents to nominate a healthcare provider – doctor and/or nurse – as a Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion and be recognized for their contributions in helping to improve the lives of people living with IPF.
- What is the purpose of the Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program?
The Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program was developed to raise awareness about IPF, and to acknowledge and honour Canadian doctors and nurses who are helping to improve the quality of life of people living with this disease.
- How can I nominate a Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion?
Nominating a Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion is easy! Simply go to www.CPFF.ca and complete the online entry form. Nominations can be made by IPF patients, their family or caregivers, or other doctors or nurses involved in IPF care.
- Who can I nominate as a Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion?
A Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion can be any healthcare provider involved in IPF care who has made a positive impact on someone living with IPF, including a doctor (e.g., respirologist, general practitioner or family doctor) and/or nurse. Canadian residents can nominate as many healthcare providers as you would like.
- Who is eligible to be nominated?
A Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champion nominee must be a Canadian healthcare provider who has made a significant, positive impact on IPF patients, their families and caregivers through commitment, care and an ongoing desire to make a difference for the IPF community. They provide quality care, always put their patients’ needs first and are dedicated to improving the IPF patient journey.
The program is not open to participants and healthcare providers in Quebec.
- Why is this program not open to residents and healthcare providers in Quebec?
CPFF.ca is currently only available in English. We are working to expand our capabilities and presence across Canada and hope to expand the program in the coming years.
- When does the program begin?
The CPFF is accepting submissions for nominees beginning Thursday, April 14, 2016. The last day for nominations is Friday, August 5, 2016.
- How are the winner(s) selected?
One nominee will be randomly selected by the CPFF and awarded with a $5,000 educational grant to be put towards advancing their knowledge in the field of IPF.
- When will the winner(s) be announced?
The CPFF will feature many Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions/nominees on its website (www.CPFF.ca) during the nomination period. The winner of the $5,000 educational grant will be announced on Tuesday, September 6, 2016, during IPF Awareness Month. The CPFF will announce the winner on its website and Facebook page, and will contact the winner/nominator directly.
- Who is supporting this program?
This program is being conducted in partnership with Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.
- Is this initiative different from the ‘Take a Breather’ program?
The ‘Take a Breather’ program recognizes the important role of caregivers for someone living with pulmonary fibrosis (PF), whereas the Kiss IPF Goodbye™ Champions program invites you to nominate and acknowledge the meaningful impact and support that healthcare providers offer to IPF patients and their loved ones. The ‘Take a Breather’ program is currently closed.
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This program is supported by a grant from Boehringer Ingelheim (Canada) Ltd.