Events

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2021

September

September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, when we band together to increase awareness of PF in communities across the country.

In these times of COVID-19, with many people experiencing the breathlessness that can be a symptom of this virus, our stories of life with PF should resonate even more strongly with the media, governments, and the public.

Like last year, most events and activities will take place safely online. What’s on offer will help you and your family, friends and colleagues connect and spread the word about PF to the rest of the country in fun and engaging ways. There are also new educational sessions online to help you live your best life with PF. And there are ample opportunities to share your stories, photos and videos.

Visit hopebreatheshere.com, CPFF’s website for Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month to register for anything or everything (you choose) that’s on offer and more details about each event and activity.

People living with the disease and their families, friends, colleagues and communities find satisfaction in participating in these initiatives. You will too.

January

Beginning at 6 p.m. EST on January 20, 2021, Dr. Shane Shapera and Dr. Shaf Keshavjee will present a webinar called: Therapies for IPF –  From Pills to Lung Transplantation.”

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee

Dr. Shaf Keshavjee is a thoracic surgeon and Director of the Toronto Lung Transplant Program. He is Surgeon-in-Chief, James Wallace McCutcheon Chair in Surgery at University Health Network. He is a Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery and Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, and Vice Chair for Innovation, Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto.

Dr Keshavjee’s clinical practice is in thoracic oncology, lung cancer and lung transplantation. He has a passion for surgery and innovative research. He is a senior scientist in the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute, University Health Network. He leads a team of researchers in a foremost research program and is widely published in the field. His specific research interest is in lung injury related to transplantation. His current work involves the study of support systems, molecular diagnostics and gene therapy strategies to repair organs and to engineer superior organs for transplantation.

He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Society for Transplantation for his contributions to the field of lung transplantation. He has also received two Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medals and the Governor General’s Award for Innovation. He was awarded the Order of Ontario and also received Canada’s highest civilian honour with an appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada. 

Dr. Shane Shapera

Dr. Shapera is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto.  He is currently the Director of the Interstitial Lung Diseases Program at the Toronto General Hospital, UHN. He also works with the Toronto Lung Transplant Program providing pre-lung transplant assessments for patients with interstitial lung disease.


2020

September

Dr. Shivani Sharma Tribute

Dr. Shivani Sharma was a beloved family physician for more than 30 years, treating her patients with both knowledge and compassion. She passed away five years ago from IPF. On September 18 at 8 p.m. (EST) Senator Dr. Asha Seth and Dr. Sharma’s son Dr. Amit Sharma will pay tribute to this wise and caring woman and encourage listeners to support IPF research.

Hope Breathes Here Virtual Events. Join us!

Throughout September 2020, Hope Breathes Here events will raise awareness, funds, and hope through Canada-wide virtual events that are accessible, informative, and fun. Learn more…


Past Events

June

Support the Dream Team for Father’s Day

Stumped on what to get Dad for Father’s Day?

For the father who has everything, taking part in a charity initiative that has four siblings honouring their father, may just fit the bill. And it will have lasting benefits well beyond the big day.

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May

Help us continue Robert Davidson’s legacy

There is no doubt that Robert Davidson, CPFF’s late founder would have been the first person to ask how CPFF could help people living with PF during the COVID-19 pandemic. He would then have got to work helping those needing information, reassurance and support in these uncertain times. May 1, 2020, marks the one-year anniversary of the passing of Robert Davidson, who lived with IPF and established the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (CPFF) in 2009, less than two years after his own diagnosis and a few months before receiving a double-lung transplant.

Donate today


February

Two 11-year-old girls Taya Litke and Kira MacDonald hope to raise $500 for the PF cause, in honour of Taya’s Grandpa Lloyd Reid, who passed away last December.

Read more here.