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Violet Rippy 5k Run to Raise Funds for Pulmonary Fibrosis Research

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WHAT: The University of Pittsburgh Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease at UPMC and local advocate Tami Rippy are hosting the 9th Annual Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run. All proceeds benefit UPMC’s research efforts to find better treatments for Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF), a deadly disease that scars the lungs and claims as many lives each year as breast cancer.


Registration closes July 18. To register, visit the Violet Rippy 5K website.


WHY: While Pulmonary fibrosis is a fatal lung disease that affects about 128,000 newly diagnosed individuals annually, there is currently no known cure and researchers currently don’t have a strong understanding of the disease. Tami Rippy founded the Violet Rippy 5K in 2011 in memory of her mother who passed away from the disease in 2009.


WHO: Community members, pulmonary fibrosis patients, caregivers, friends and family members. 


WHEN: Saturday, July 20


  • 7:30 a.m., registration 
  • 9 a.m., race begins


WHERE: North Shore Riverfront Park, Heinz Field in front of Gate A.