Joe Walsh
"Almost six years ago at the age of 53, my dad, Joe Walsh was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF)– a lung disease with no known cause, and worse, no treatment is available. The life expectancy upon diagnosis is 2-5 years.

Despite the devastating diagnosis and prognosis, he has become an advocate to promote the awareness of IPF and to offer hope and encouragement to others facing the same daily challenges of survival. He served as the co-chair for the 2011 Thomas Petty Moving Mountains Lung Conference held this past October in Denver. This conference provided valuable information and resources for patients and caregivers of those with lung disease. Donating his time and energy to help others inspired him to develop his own oxygen carrier. His goal is to keep others active and engaged in life on a daily basis. He is in contact almost daily with other patients that find his outgoing drive to make the best of every day inspiring.

My dad now needs help of his own. He is testing to be placed on the lung transplant list at Cleveland Medical Center. Although health insurance will cover the majority of expenses, additional non-covered expenses are looming. This luncheon (January 13th, 2012) will raise necessary funds for testing and transplant. My family and I would be most grateful for a kind donation."

—Joe's son Justin Walsh