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Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary

A Broadway star, two news reporters and two politicians will join forces to help the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation celebrate its tenth anniversary with the New Decade, New Reach dinner.

Chicago’s own NBC5 Political Reporter Mary Ann Ahern will be the Master of Ceremonies at the dinner this Friday, December 2 at the Field Museum. The co-chairs for the dinner are Broadway star Julie Halston, Howard 100 News reporter Ralph Howard (who was the recipient of a lung transplant due to Pulmonary Fibrosis,) Senator Mark Kirk and former United States Representative Brian Baird.

One of the many others in attendance will be Liliana Aguirre, a 22-year-old with Pulmonary Fibrosis. She said she wants people to know that Pulmonary Fibrosis doesn’t just affect older people, it also hits young people like herself.

Aguirre also said she doesn’t mind when people ask what is wrong with her because it gives her a chance to educate people about Pulmonary Fibrosis. By increasing awareness, it will help to one day combat this disease.


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