February 18, 2016

Farewell to Lung Foundation friends

Ross William Lloyd

Lung Foundation Australia is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Ross Lloyd on 26 December 2015, aged 66. Ross was diagnosed with COPD in March 2010 which was followed by a subsequent diagnosis of pulmonary fibrosis. His health quickly deteriorated but, in May 2013, he received the gift of life – a double lung transplant at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. Following his transplant, Ross became a passionate advocate for the work of Lung Foundation Australia and was Chair of CPAG, the COPD Patient Advocacy Group. He was especially passionate about the benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation, in which he had participated to ensure he was fit and well enough to be put on the waiting list for a lung transplant. In September 2014, he completed his first “Bridge to Brisbane” 10km run and repeated this feat in August 2015 when he was fortunate to have the opportunity to run with the family of his lung donor. Ross will be sadly missed by all who knew him, but particularly by his partner Mhar and his children Jeremy, Belinda, Marejoice and Jopai.

Lung Foundation Australia also pays tribute to David Wenzel and Richard Nixon, members of the Australasian Lung cancer Trials Group (ALTG) who recently passed away. Over the years, both had made significant contributions to the program.