Support the Dream Team for Father’s Day

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Erica, Stefani, Oriana and Lewis

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.

This year, with the Toronto Waterfront Marathon canceled, four adult siblings, Erica, Stefani, Oriana and Lewis re-purposed their “Dream Team” so they could continue to fundraise for CPFF in honour of their father Alfredo, who was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2016, and to help raise awareness of pulmonary fibrosis.

“We set up our own GoFundMe page to continue to show support and to raise awareness about the struggles faced with having a lung disease and being immune compromised, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic,” says Erica. “We also wanted to let others know that through these difficult times there are still ways that we can come together and create change. We also realized that change can happen just one step at a time. That’s how our $1 for 1K initiative came to be.”

Called “Run, Walk, Bike for Pulmonary Fibrosis” the Dream Team’s initiative encourages others to keep active as much as they can in the coming months and to rack up kilometres at their own pace, doing an activity they enjoy. A family or an individual can make this challenge part of their daily and weekly goals. They can either challenge themselves to run, walk or bike a distance in a day, or challenge themselves throughout the week or a month. It can also be a fun way to get kids involved. And these activities can be done while maintaining physical distancing, indoors or out.

Alfredo is now 67 and underwent a successful, double-lung transplant last January. He remains active throughout the day and no longer needs oxygen therapy. Erica describes her father as a very smart, hard working and a selfless person, who is always thinking of others and helping those he cares about, especially his family.

“He takes pride in a hard day’s work and he taught us all the importance of that,” says Erica. “His strength is one of the things that has helped him through his journey with IPF. He has definitely been an inspiration to all of us!”

You can take part in the Dream Team’s “Run, Walk, Bike for Pulmonary Fibrosis” by signing up on their GoFundMe page. Or, consider creating your own awareness and fundraising initiative in honour of your Dad this summer, or during September 2020, for Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month.

Or, simply make a donation to CPFF in honour of your father to mark his special day.