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About Us


The Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis (KCFPF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of patients with pulmonary fibrosis and other rare lung diseases through education, technology, and research.


KCFPF’s Initiatives


  • Raise and promote awareness of Pulmonary Fibrosis within the Kansas City Community

  • Provide grants to patients and their loved ones to attend the biennial Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation Summit

  • Provide grants for patient needs around the Kansas City Metro Area

Our Start

Founded in 2018 by Mark Hamblin, MD, The Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis is a group of local medical professionals and patient advocates working to improve the lives of patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis in the Kansas City area.

"I started The Kansas City Foundation for Pulmonary Fibrosis because there are currently gaps in funding for this disease.  While there is significant attention placed on drug development and better understanding of the causes and mechanisms leading to the development of pulmonary fibrosis, there is very little support directed at early detection or education for patients and caregivers.

Hamblin Photo

I wanted to create an organization that would focus on addressing the needs of the pulmonary fibrosis community here in the Greater Kansas City area. The Foundation will explore ways to improve the care and quality of life of patients with the various forms of PF. This may include reducing barriers that impede early detection, exploring new imaging or diagnostic strategies to accurately diagnose early stage disease, supporting efforts to increase awareness and education of pulmonary fibrosis.  

One of my hopes is to be able to provide annual travel grants to patients and caregivers who wish to attend national pulmonary fibrosis meetings so their voices can be heard at the highest levels. Better understanding the science of the disease is critical, but so is meeting the needs of people living with PF and improving their quality of life in whatever way we can. Meeting that part of our mission will require input from our readers to make this organization as meaningful as possible.


– Mark Hamblin, MD

Board of Directors and Officers

Dr. Mark Hamblin - Founder & President        Pulmonary Physician

Kristy Delaney - Vice-President                     APRN, MSN, BSN

Barbara Grubb - Secretary                           Patient Advocate

Jamie Ludwig - Treasurer                             BSN, RN 

Janell Reichuber                                          BSN, RN

Dawnie Ellison                                             CRT, BS

Marty Postlethwait                                        Founder of Shadow Buddies

Bert W. Maidment                                         Ph.D. Patient Advocate

KCFPF board
Not Pictured Kim Lovell and Kevin Olson
Union station lit for PF awareness


Whether you help through monetary donations or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you.

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