FIMARP, the Italian Federation of support groups for patients with IPF is organizing the first Italian meeting on IPF and other rare respiratory diseases in Pistoia from September 22-23. This meeting will be an important occasion to bring together doctors, patients and all the relevant stakeholders involved in rare pulmonary diseases. It will be followed by a triangle tournament of football between Italian Transplanted Team, Italian National Transplanted Team and an all stars Italian team and a concert (Music 4 Breath) in memory of the first FIMARP President Alessandro Giordani.
Other initiatives will take place in some Italian cities during IPF World Week 2018, including a spirometry day in Catania and in Padua.
Additionally, as part of the Fitness 4 Breath initiative, a bike tour started on August 26: Achille Abbondanza, a 46 years old IPF patient will bike from Rome to Forli' (525km) in 1 week to raise awareness of IPF. Other IPF patients can also join his tour and he will stop in different cities to visit the local hospitals and the patients support groups.
Additional information on this event is available on FIMARP website: www.fimarp.it