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Friday Fun Fest Activities Planned

The Orvis Activities Center will be hopping on Friday as the Alfred State athletic department has planned numerous events surrounding the women's basketball game vs. St. John Fisher.

Starting at 2 p.m. the Foodlink Mobile Pantry will be set up in the Orvis Gymnasium. The event sponsored by the Office of Health and Wellness, provides essential food items to members of the Alfred community to combat hunger and food insecurity. The food is served on a first come first serve basis and the there are no income requirements or residency restrictions. The event is scheduled to run until 3:30 p.m.

At 6 p.m. the women's basketball team will take on St. John Fisher in their final home game of the 2018 portion of the season. The team has partnered with the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation to raise awareness of more than 200 different lung diseases. The team will have wristbands for sale and will be taking donations to benefit the mission of the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. The team will be playing in honor and memory of Michael Cole, a former Alfred State employee.

In conjunction with the game the Alfred State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is encouraging their fellow student-athletes and fans attending the game to take part in glove and winter hat drive. Fans are encouraged to bring gloves or hats and put them on the Christmas tree (donated by Eric Perkins) that will be located in the foyer of the gymnasium. The gloves and hats will be donated to local charities and SAAC will have some gloves and hats that can be purchased at the event.

The glove and winter hat will continue for the final three home events of the 2018 as well: Swimming vs. Cabrini on 12/1 at 1 p.m., Wrestling vs. Pioneer Open on 12/8 at 11 a.m., and Men's Basketball vs. SUNY ESF on 12/9 at 3 p.m.

Finally, student-athletes are encouraged to join the SAAC Section at the game. Student-athletes in that section will have the opportunity to participate in the halftime shooting contest and will be treated to 2nd half pizza.

Information regarding the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation can be found at:

The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation mobilizes people and resources to provide access to high quality care and leads research for a cure so people with pulmonary fibrosis will live longer, healthier lives.

The word "pulmonary" means lung and the word "fibrosis" means scar tissue— similar to scars that you may have on your skin from an old injury or surgery. So, in its simplest sense, pulmonary fibrosis (PF) means scarring in the lungs. Over time, the scar tissue can destroy the normal lung and make it hard for oxygen to get into your blood. Low oxygen levels (and the stiff scar tissue itself) can cause you to feel short of breath, particularly when walking and exercising. Pulmonary fibrosis isn't just one disease. It is a family of more than 200 different lung diseases that all look very much alike. The PF family of lung diseases falls into an even larger group of diseases called the interstitial lung diseases (also known as ILD), which includes all of the diseases that have inflammation and/or scarring in the lung. Some interstitial lung diseases don't include scar tissue. When an interstitial lung disease does include scar tissue in the lung, we call it pulmonary fibrosis. 

No one is certain how many people are affected by PF. One recent study estimated that idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (or IPF, which is just one of more than 200 types of PF) affects 1 out of 200 adults over the age of 60 and over in the United States—that translates to more than 200,000 people living with PF today. Approximately 50,000 new cases are diagnosed each year and as many as 40,000 Americans die from IPF each year.