Violet Rippy

In memory of my Mom, my Hero, my Angel

No one teaches you in life about the loss of a parent and how it changes your life forever.  My mother, Violet, passed away on March 6, 2009 from Pulmonary Fibrosis, a horrible lung disease that literally takes your breath away.

My family and I witnessed this crippling disease as my mother, who had so much energy and strength, that she could outlast even the younger members of her family, deteriorated quickly. She experienced shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing when walking only a few steps, rapid weight loss, and total weakness. This all resulted in the constant use of oxygen to help her live. My mother never smoked a day in her life.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease which is often misdiagnosed, has NO cure, and is ALWAYS terminal. 

The “average” survival rate is 3-5 years after diagnosis. 


This lung disorder is characterized by progressive scarring and deterioration of the lungs which robs it's victims of their ability to breathe. Approximately 128,000 Americans suffer from PF, and 40,000 lives are taken each year from this disease, the same number as breast cancer.

On July 18, 2020, my family & I will host the 10th Annual Violet Rippy 5K Walk/Run for PF in my mother's honor for the "Simmons Center for Interstitial Lung Disease,” in hopes that a treatment, or ultimately a cure for this disease can be found. Since this disease is so often misdiagnosed, as my mother’s was, and barely known by the general public, funding for research and awareness is so desperately needed.


Please support my family & I with this mission by participating in the 5K Walk/Run, or by making a donation so we can give people with Pulmonary Fibrosis an opportunity to survive beyond the present window that exists.


My mother was so strong in her fight to live each and every day, and I, along with your help, hope to carry on her strength to others with this lung disorder. 


Thank you,

Tami Rippy & the Rippy family


Love you, Mom....miss you every second of the day.


Donations can also be mailed to:

Attention:  Tami Rippy

c/o Violet Rippy 5K

672 Village Green Blvd. East

Mars, PA 16046

Checks should be made payable to:

University of Pittsburgh 

*Please add Simmons Center/Violet Rippy 5K

in the check memo line

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