See How These Brothers Honor Their Father

It’s never easy to lose someone you care about to IPF. It can help, though, to not just mourn their loss, but to celebrate their life.

When Irv Feldman passed away from complications of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in 2013, his sons, Mitch and Laury, celebrated their father’s life in a unique way–with a poker tournament.

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The annual Irv Feldman Texas Hold’em Tournament and Casino Night also helps increase IPF awareness and raise money for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. In 2015, the event raised more than $140,000.

In addition to having a deep, personal meaning for the Feldmans, the hold’em tournament is easy to participate in for those with difficulty breathing. Mitch says that when his father played cards, “he forgot he was sick.”

All the Feldmans hope that their event continues to be a success, so they can continue to help others with IPF.

James Ernest Cassady

James Ernest Cassady

Though "Ernest" is a family name that's been passed down for generations, James truly earned his middle moniker when, at the age of five, he told his mother that "laughing is stupid unless EVERYBODY is happy." Since then, the serious little bastard has been on a mission to highlight the world's shortcomings (and hopefully correct them). In addition to his volunteer work at hospitals and animal shelters, James also enjoys documentaries and the work of William Faulkner. He is originally from Oklahoma.

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