In loving memory of Ron Wescoe, beloved Dad and football coach….The Wescoe Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization provides support, advocacy and resources for people with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) and their families to sustain the highest possible quality of life.
My Dad was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a lung disease with no known cause nor cure, in the Fall of 2003 and sadly passed away on Friday, October 29, 2004. When he was first diagnosed with IPF, we didn’t know where to turn for support and guidance. I can remember, in between labored breaths, he said that he wanted to be remembered and from that moment on it became my/our mission to help others with IPF through my Dad. Ron Wescoe’s memory lives on. I want other families coping with this horrible lung disease that there is support and somewhere to turn. You are not alone.
Throughout my childhood and with my two great big brothers, Mike and Jason, my Dad was there for us. He coached football and baseball, went to dance recitals, and, no matter what, he had the time to sit down and talk….really talk. We never felt rushed or an inconvenience to him. We felt important and loved.
Being a great Dad, translated into a great football coach. He had all the time in the world for his players. He was a “Players Coach”. He would pick them up for practice, buy them cleats, listen to their stories, hand out TastyKakes…yet, expected them to do their best. He was committed to his football players…and, now, we are committed to him to help others. He will always be remembered.