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Birmingham student takes on Ironman challenge in memory of his father

Dominic Mears, a 21 year old medical student from the University of Birmingham, will be taking on the Cotswold 113 Half Ironman Triathlon on 4th June 2017 for the charity Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis in memory of his father, Tim Mears.

Dominic and his Dad, Tim Mears.

Tim died recently from Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) – which has no known cause and no cure – and Dominic is absolutely committed to raising funds for Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis (APF). He is already a champion fundraiser for the charity and has inspired others to help raise over £4,500 for APF through his role as President for the Medical Society (MedSoc). This event promises to be a personal challenge involving a 1.2mile swim, 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile run.

IPF gradually destroys the lungs, making breathing impossible. It kills 5,000 people every year – more than leukaemia – but isn’t well known. Many patients live for just three years following diagnosis. Funds raised by Dominic will help the charity fight for better treatments and eventually a cure.

The Mears Family

Dominic Mears says;

“Very sadly my father passed away last November at the age of just 58 after battling with IPF. This was utterly devastating for me and my family and we continue to miss him every single day. As a family, we have been very happy to support Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis because we’d like to do something to prevent similar things happening to others in the future and also help to raise awareness of this horrible disease.”

Karen Hughes, Chair of Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis says;

“We are a small but fast growing charity and every penny goes towards supporting and empowering those with this disease. We are so grateful to Dominic for his support.”

To support Dominic you can view his Just Giving page here.

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