Bill Van Nierop

Family Background: Bill lives in Brisbane, working for AGnVET Services. Bill is married to Lesley with 3 children and 5 grand kids, who Bill would like to be around to see grow up. There is every chance Bill will be supported during the walk by his community of family, friends and work mates

Motivation for doing the Walk: I was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis in 2015, and found that there is a lack of community awareness and understanding around IPF and other lung diseases. This is despite 19,000 Australians dying each year from lung disease, and at least 1500 Australians being diagnosed with IPF. It was more disappointing to find 7 out of 10 lung research projects get virtually no funding at all. IPF has no cure and only one fifth of patients diagnosed survive 5 years. It is imperative we support IPF research projects and new technology to improve patient outcomes in the future.

I will walk the distance and raise vital research funding to support Australians living with lung diseases like IPF.

Bill has setup an account at Everyday Hero for the purpose of collecting donations for the Lung Foundation Australia. You can visit this site to make a donation and read comments from donors.