The 10th annual

Violet Rippy 5K

for Pulmonary Fibrosis 

Presented by UPMC

is going "Virtual"!

 Saturday, July 18, 2020

Dear Family & Friends,

The 10th annual Violet Rippy 5K for Pulmonary Fibrosis is going “Virtual”!

Due to restrictions on mass gatherings – and in the interest of your safety and wellbeing – we feel a virtual walk is the best option this year.

Going virtual means that you choose where you walk and when you want to walk.  And by going virtual,
it doesn’t mean we can’t all join together in our fight against

pulmonary fibrosis. 

We need your help more than ever to raise awareness and funds

to continue research in finding a cure for this fatal disease. 

Even though we won’t be walking together on the North Shore,

we will still be united in our cause. 

On our original scheduled race day of July 18 at 10 a.m. - we will have our regular program for you to view online hosted by our lovable commentators, Stan Savran, Guy Junker and Paul Alexander.

This program will highlight the latest news about pulmonary fibrosis from our friends at the Simmons Center and the

Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, along with our beautiful family recognition ceremony, event photos through the years,

and other important news. 

(more details to come).

Here's how you can be involved: 

* Share your stories on why you walk by creating a short video. 

The best part of our walk day has always been honoring those we love and those affected by this disease.  Let this tradition continue.

Those stories inspire others. 

*Share photos from the last 9 years of this beautiful event. 

*Send these to me at - starting now!

All proceeds from the Violet Rippy 5K for PF benefit the

Dorothy P. & Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease.

Your kind support allows the Simmons Center to continue to fund cutting-edge research and to support and educate patients, families and caregivers. 


We all share a common bond and passion, and we will never stop

fighting until we find a cure.

All of us together can make a difference.  

tami rippy 

Photos through the years!


Sponsored by

In Partnership

If you are unable to attend the 5K Walk/Run, please consider making a donation to the Simmons Center in hopes that a treatment, or ultimately a cure for this disease can be foundThe Simmons Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2001 thanks to the generosity of the Simmons family. The Dorothy P. and Richard P. Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease provides: state-of-the-art care for people with interstitial lung disease (ILD) that is comprehensive and compassionate; international leadership in research on lung inflammation and fibrosis, promoting the translation of scientific discoveries into new treatments for patients with these lung disorders; a complete resource for the education of patients and their families regarding ILD and its impact on their lifestyle; and patient-friendly advice and support for people with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).


Thank You

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