Rising star of the silver screen, Sing Street actor Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, today joined with RTÉ Two Tube's Bláthnaid Treacy and Stephen Byrne to launch a nationwide movie competition Lovin' Our Lungs to highlight the importance of lung health for a full and active life.

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Karen Redmond, consultant thoracic and lung transplant surgeon and her team at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin have broken new ground by carrying out a new type of lung transplant procedure called ex vivo lung perfusion transplantation (EVLP). This procedure makes donor lungs previously classed as unsuitable safe for transplant.

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The VHI Women's Mini Marathon is taking place this year on bank holiday Monday June 6th in Dublin and as ever we welcome ladies to take part to raise funds and awareness for the Alpha One Foundation.

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Last August Anne Gormley from Ramelton in Co. Donegal was interviewed on the popular Shaun Doherty Show on local station Highland Radio to talk about her diagnosis of COPD and Alpha-1.  Anne spoke powerfully and bravely about how difficult day to day tasks are when every breath is a struggle.  

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This week is Organ Donor Awareness Week 2016 which runs from April 2nd to 9th.  There are approximately 700 people in Ireland awaiting life-saving heart, lung, liver, kidney and pancreas transplants. Thanks to the gift of organ donation over 3,000 people in Ireland have been given a new lease of life.  

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