Our 3rd Annual Love for Lungs Tennis Tournament
will be held on May 18 & 19, 2018 
at Sea Colony in Bethany Beach, DE.  

Over the past two years, we have raised almost $60,000!
This money supports lung research at The University of Maryland Lung Rescue Unit and our event continues to raise awareness about Pulmonary Fibrosis.


In May 2016, and then again in May 2017, we held our first and second Love for Lungs Tennis Tournaments, both of which were a huge success. 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!!
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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