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SAVE THE DATE
 
Our 4th Annual Love for Lungs Tennis Tournament
will be held on May 17 & 18, 2019 
at Sea Colony Tennis Center in Bethany Beach, DE.  

Over the past three years, we have raised over $110,000!
This money supports lung research at The University of Maryland Lung Rescue Unit and our event continues to raise awareness about Pulmonary Fibrosis.

 

I began this tournament in May of 2016 in honor of my grandfather and in recognition of the wonderful staff at UMD and the research I was able to witness at The Program in Lung Healing at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  The tournmanet was successful, beyond what we ever imagined raising almost $28,000.  We held it again in 2017  and raised almost $30,000 and in 2018 raised over $50,000 - surpassing our fundraising goals each year.  We are so thankful to all of our players, sponsors, donors, friends and family across the country that continue to support this wonderful event.  

All net proceeds will help groundbreaking research for The Program in Lung Healing at The University of Maryland  including: lung regeneration, lung repair, artificial respiration, adult stem cell therapies and so much more. 


Thank you for all for helping my efforts to raise research money in memory of my grandfather.

Our story:
    On April 17, 2015 my grandfather, Ron Plylar, passed away from a horrible lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis.
Pulmonary Fibrosis causes more deaths per year in the U.S. than Breast Cancer, however it unfortunately goes misdiagnosed until a lung transplant is no longer an option. Despite visiting numerous top pulmonary physicians across the country, my grandfather's diseasse continued to go misdiagnosed. He was considered a high risk transplant candidate due to his age and the severity of his disease. Nevertheless, Dr. Aldo Iacono at The University of Maryland Lung Rescue Unit accepted him as a patient. Unfortunately, my grandfather passed away before he could receive a lung transplant. 

    After his death, we were invited to tour the Program in Lung Healing at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. I was so impressed with the research they were conducting in order to benefit those with lung disease, I wanted to find a way to show my support. 
I decided to host a tennis tournament to raise awareness about lung disease and support their research. I pray the money raised will allow for the advancement in technology to end the suffering for those with lung disease. 

Thank you to all!!
Love,
Abigail Plylar

"Gifts supporting the Progam in Lung Healing at the University of Maryland School of Medicine are administered by the University of Maryland Baltimore Foundation, Inc.  A portion of any contribution to the University of Maryland School of Medicine may be used to enhance advancement efforts."



 
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