4.27.2020 - McKenzie Spring 2020 Appeal

You Can Be The Difference


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My name is McKenzie. A few years ago, I was enjoying a full life. I was running 5Ks, taking care of my five children, and volunteering regularly at church.
But in 2018, my world was turned upside down. I would find myself becoming dizzy, having a dry cough, I would begin to lose my vision, and I struggled to breathe. At age 26, I was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Doctors told me that I had lost half of my lung function.

As my husband, Keith, and I tried to come to grips with the reality of the diagnosis, the disease began to impact every aspect of our family life. I had to slow down. I became depressed. I was too exhausted to go grocery shopping or play with my kids.

McKenzie Hospital        McKenzie Plane
 Even though it was a struggle I realized that I needed to accept my new reality, and that I could use my experience to help others. I called the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation (PFF) and received educational resources and information about a local support group.
It was during the lowest point of my life that I was able to turn to the PFF and finally find the strength I needed to live with this disease. The best place to go for support and understanding of the disease is the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.

It is because of your generosity that the PFF can provide this level of support to families like mine. Your gift today will help patients and families affected by this terrible disease by funding educational programs and research that will one day lead to a cure.

McKenzie Kids              McKenzie Husband
We know that since March, all of our lives have been affected by the spread of COVID-19. It’s been a turbulent time in all of our lives, and everything feels upside down and scary. This is how families living with pulmonary fibrosis live daily. Thankfully there are multiple ways you can help support these families in need.
With the recently passed CARES Act, all eligible taxpayers are able to make an above-the-line deduction of up to $300 for qualified charitable contributions of your choosing*. With this level of support from you and your family, the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation can help fund resources and cutting-edge research that are crucial to people living with PF. That’s why your gift is so important. Please consult your tax advisor for further information.
I thank you for your past support to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, and I hope that we can count on your help again.


McKenzie Swider

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