Worldwide Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month

Worldwide Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month has arrived and the 2022 theme is “Here for each other.”


To support the awareness campaign and raise funds for the Northern Trust Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group, 11-year-old Hannah Noonan from Co Limerick will share a joke every day during September on social media.


Pulmonary Fibrosis is a life limiting chronic and relatively rare progressive lung disease.  The Northern Trust Pulmonary Fibrosis Support Group is a charity organisation and support network that is patient and carer focused with clinicians, patients and carers working together to support sufferers of pulmonary fibrosis and their families all over Northern Ireland.  Hannah’s grandfather, Tony Devlin from Ballymena, Co Antrim, was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in 2020 and was actively involved in the support group until his passing in March this year.


During her summer holidays, Hannah was busy contacting famous figures from all over Ireland and beyond to generate an extensive repertoire of jokes, so she has plenty of side-splitting material to share online.  The first joke is courtesy of the Action Pulmonary Fibrosis patron, actress Julie Hesmondhalgh, best known for her role as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street.


“Grandad was a very funny man who was always telling me and my brother Mikey jokes.  He encouraged us to do #jokeofthedaywithhannahandmikey on Instagram during lockdown to keep everyone’s spirits up and was very proud when we appeared on the RTE 1 Today Show with Maura and Daithi.  I hope lots of people will search for #HaveALaughForPF and enjoy the jokes that have been sent to us and donate to the fundraiser.


Speaking about the campaign, NTPFSG chairman Tom McMillan said, “ We are absolutely delighted to be involved with #HaveALaughForPF.  Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a devastating, terminal disease, with a life expectancy of between 3 and 5 years from diagnosis.  PF has a prognosis worse than many cancers. Sadly, there is no cure for PF and in some cases no known cause. The NTPFSG understands the many challenges that sufferers of this disease and their families will face. It is for this reason that we are delighted to be able to promote increased awareness and have a laugh or two every day during September Worldwide PF Awareness Month.”

“Tony Devlin who was Hannah’s Grandad, was a very active member of our support group. He made us all laugh at our meetings; he was also a very dear friend.  He will be immensely proud of his family, working so hard to increase awareness and helping us all forget about our troubles for a moment every day.  #HaveALlaughForPF is an incredible legacy in memory of a wonderful man and for the many other sufferers of PF that have gone far too soon.”


To find out what well known personalities have responded to Hannah’s call for jokes, search for #HavealaughforPF on social media during September and/or visit THIS LINK to make a donation.



Sep 01 - 30 2022
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