Jamie Hutchison

Event Participant & IPC Advocate

Jamie Hutchison came to the American Lung Association in Iowa in 2009 by participating in the Iowa Lung Walk. While working with Jamie and her team, we saw the passion behind Jamie's efforts and learned about Jamie's mother’s struggle with lung disease:

November 2007 is when it all started. Diane Lynn Hutchison, my mother went into the hospital for a routine lung biopsy and spent the next 40 days there recovering. A normal routine turned into two surgeries and ICU for two days. This was a very scary time, but the scariest part was still to come! We then found out the results of her lung biopsy. My mother was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPC). This is a terminal disease and at this time is NO CURE! My mother was the most beautiful, loving, courageous woman I have ever met, but unfortunately was not able to beat this battle. She went to St. Louis in May of 2008 to go through all of the testing to find out if she was a possible candidate for a lung transplant. This is where she ran into some complications and passed away on May 15, 2008 at the young age of 57.


Love, Jamie Hutchison & daughter, Brooklyn Bell  

Jamie wanted a voice to share here story and agreed to meet with the Lung Association staff.  She joined the Fight For Air Climb in February 2010 and took the lead with the 2010 Lung Walk Committee as Family Recruitment Chair. 

 

“Jamie has a passion to tell her mother’s story and to educate people on Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPC)," said Karen Shattuck, Iowa Lung Walk Staff Member.  "Jamie stepped in, made calls to past and possible future teams. She also helped with several other recruitment opportunities in an attempt to get people registered, raise awareness, and fundraise for the Lung Association."

 

Jamie's leadership on the Lung Walk Committee and willingness to share her story provides an invaluable service for the American Lung Association. Jamie is a joy to work with and always willing to lend a helping hand.  Thank you, Jamie, for all of your efforts!

 

 

Read about past Volunteers in the Spotlight here.