Tuesday, November 3, 2015 9:00 am ·  0 Comments
Rob Alexander-Carew is an Oakville resident and IPF survivor leading his community in raising awareness and finding a cure for the disease that changed his life.
In 2011, after struggling with a cough while on a family vacation, Rob discovered that he had idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. IPF is a type of lung disease that causes scarring of the lungs for no apparent reason, making it difficult for the lungs to take in oxygen.[i] It is estimated that 30,000 Canadians suffer from pulmonary fibrosis and 6,000 new cases surface each year.[ii] The median survival for IPF patients is between two to three years after diagnosis.[iii]
But Rob, who had seen his father suffer through the disease in his 50s, did not allow his diagnosis to get the better of him. Instead, he fought. He stayed active after his diagnosis, continuing to join spin classes even when he needed to lug around an oxygen tank to the gym. He aggressively sought the best treatment from the best doctors, and in 2012 underwent a successful double lung transplant.
Now Rob wants to pay it forward.
On Friday, October 23rd, Rob invited the entire Oakville community to the fourth annual Rob’s Ride, an indoor cycling event to bring awareness to pulmonary fibrosis and raise funds for the continued search for a cure. One hundred per cent of the events proceeds will go to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation towards pulmonary fibrosis research.
This year, over 100 riders showed their support for Rob and his cause, and helped raise about $16,000 for the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.
Post provided by Tiffany Limgenco