Teaming up to fight pulmonary fibrosis
Auburn resident Ron Geoffroy poses with a photo of his wife of 30 years, Mary Lou, who died in 2011 of complications following a double lung transplant aimed eliminating pulmonary fibrosis. The couple were co-founders of the Second Wind Foundation, which combats the disease. (RYAN O'CONNOR/Union Leader Correspondent)
A longtime Auburn resident, Geoffroy lost his wife of 30 years, Mary Lou, to complications following a double lung transplant aimed at curing the rare and typically fatal disease in 2011, less than three years after the otherwise healthy 56 year old was initially diagnosed.
In 2010, while Mary Lou was still fighting the disease, the couple connected with someone who had lost a grandfather to pulmonary fibrosis. The three founded the Second Wind Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis and began organizing events to raise awareness about the disease and generate funds to assist families dealing with its effects.
The AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings hosts the Portland Pirates at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, and for each $20 game ticket the foundation sells, $8 will go toward raising awareness and finding a cure for pulmonary fibrosis. The price also includes a free "chuck-a-puck,' which provides attendees a chance to win a shirt, hat or tickets from the Monarchs. In addition, 20 ticket holders will get to hold the American flag on the Verizon Wireless Arena ice during the national anthem.
"Last year we gave a $3,000 grant to Mass. General Hospital to continue research that could someday lead to a cure," he said. "This year we're hoping to double attendance, and in turn double our grant donations."