Looking good there Jim Cook!! I met up with Jim and a few friends this morning to capture this photo as they trained for ‘the ride’. A big ride that is! IPF Riders will be leaving Houston on Sunday, April 16th and arriving at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Tx on Wednesday, April 19th. With his well equipped electronic bike that holds his oxygen tank firmly next to him, Jim will make this ride in efforts to raise awareness to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Lung Disease that he lives with daily.
Here is a man with such great determination! As Jim waits faithfully for that very important call letting him know that there is a possibility of a bi-lateral lung transplant, he trains with friends and family, not only working at staying strong while living with this condition, but building the stamina for the bicycle ride to Austin! At any moment, that call can happen, and the process for a transplant begins!
If you want to be a part of the ride to help raise awareness to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, please come along! If you would like to follow the details of the ride, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/IPFRiders/
To follow Jim’s journey, you can also visit https://www.caringbridge.org/visit/cookjames/journal
UPDATE ON MARCH 26, 2017
Jim got the phone call he has been faithfully waiting for! He was admitted this evening to Houston Methodist Hospital for a bi-lateral lung transplant. His greatest prayer at this very moment is that this lung transplant would go forward and that his body would accept them!
“Raising awareness and funds for Pulmonary Fibrosis is more important and bigger than any one person or transplant”, Jim said. “The drugs are starting to flow and surgery is set for 1:00 am if all the testing confirm these lungs are a match!”
July 13, 2017 Update
After 80+ days in the hospital, and much to tell about, Jim got back on his bike after his double lung transplant for 10 minutes. What a great start!
Discussions are starting with Pulmonary Associations about planning our postponed first ever ride to Austin. It could be as early as this Fall or next Spring.
Jim is starting to recover and train just 3 weeks out of hospital. I’m excited for the ride and hoping to get as many people as possible to join in! Help us raise awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis and funds to help support groups of patients and their care givers!
WELCOME HOME JIM!!