Lachine resident Ian Alexander is glad to be alive.
It’s been five years since Alexander, who was diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, received a doublelung transplant.
“It’s great to be alive after five,” Alexander stated in a press
release regarding his 5th annual E Challenge fundraising golf
tournament, which will take place Sept. 20 at the Ste-Rose Golf Club in
Funds raised go toward helping patients who are either waiting for or recovering from lung transplants.
When Alexander discovered he had IPF, he didn’t know much about the
disease, which attacks the lungs, robbing victims of their ability to
There is no known cure for the disease.
In Alexander’s case, it took less than a year from requiring minor
amounts of oxygen to the maximum amount he could get 24 hours a day.
After many trips in and out of hospital, and told he was 27th on a
list at Montreal’s Notre Dame Hospital, which at that time performed
only 20 lung transplants a year,
Alexander got accepted into a program at the Toronto General Hospital, where he received the transplant.
Frustrated with the system in Quebec, Alexander vowed to help make it easier for patients here.
That’s when he and his family founded The Alexander Family Foundation (TAFF) which is holding the fundraising golf tournament.
For more information on the foundation or to sign up for the golf tournament, go to www.tafforg.org