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Would You Like To Become More Involved With ILFA?

Perhaps you could do a once-off fundraising event such as a coffee morning or maybe you would be interested in setting up a local ILFA branch where you live.

You can decide what level of involvement you would like to have. If you are interested in getting more involved ILFA would like to hear from you.

You can contact us via post @ PO Box 10456, Blackrock, County Dublin; via email @ info@ilfa.ie or by calling 086 871 5264

The Denise Cassidy Memorial Prize 2017

Would you like to honour your lung fibrosis healthcare hero?

"Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around"  -  Leo Buscaglia

ILFA is excited to announce the 2017 Denise Cassidy Memorial Prize for excellence in healthcare. This award recognises and celebrates the kindness, compassion and humanity of a hospital healthcare worker to a lung fibrosis patient or their family. Patients and carers are invited to nominate a person who showed you or your loved one a special act of kindness that helped you cope with your illness better.

Please fill out the nomination form below and tell us why your healthcare hero deserves to be honoured. You can nominate a doctor, nurse, physiotherapist, social worker, counsellor, dietician, pharmacist, healthcare assistant, member of the chaplaincy team, clerical worker, catering or cleaning staff - in fact anyone who works in a hospital. Everyone who is nominated for the award will receive a certificate of excellence and the overall winner will receive a special commemorative Dublin crystal award.

The award is named in honour of Denise Cassidy who was diagnosed with IPF at the age of 56. Denise led a happy, busy, healthy, sporty and active life. She loved badminton, running, walking, gardening and socialising. Her symptoms developed out of the blue and she developed increasing breathlessness and a cough. After many difficult and frustrating months of hospital and GP visits, Denise was eventually diagnosed with IPF and placed on the lung transplant list. During her illness, Denise met many kind, friendly, caring, and dedicated healthcare staff and other lung fibrosis patients who helped and supported her enormously. Denise passed away in 2006.

Denise's husband Eddie and daughter Nicola have served on the ILFA committee since 2007. Denise's immediate and extended family have continuously fundraised for ILFA for more than 10 years and all are honoured and humbled to have this special award dedicated to her memory.

Katie Barry, staff nurse from Cork University Hospital was the worthy winner of the inaugural Denise Cassidy Memorial Prize in 2015. Katie was nominated by Vikki Jolly for her outstanding kindness, dedication and compassion when caring for Vikki's father, Martin Erangey. Katie said "To say that I am grateful and honoured is an understatement. Words cannot express how thankful and deeply touched I am. The certificate and award have pride of place in my home. I'm still looking at it with disbelief. I love my job and you never expect to receive anything for the work you do, but to be honoured in such a way is truly amazing and something I will always be proud of and grateful for."

Let's get behind our lung fibrosis healthcare heroes and celebrate their great work!

Please send your entries to ILFA, PO Box 10456, Blackrock, Co Dublin or email info@ilfa.ie. The closing date for entries is the end of May.

The nomination form can be downloaded here.