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John Dennis - I Ride for You & Me


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John Dennis is a Man on a Mission

John Dennis, who turns 78 in October 2022, received a single lung transplant at age 76 thanks to his perseverance after being turned down twice.

In June 2022, John rode across PEI’s The Island Trail in order to raise awareness, hope and funds for Pulmonary Fibrosis through his “I Ride For You & Me”.

Support John's I Ride for You and Me Campaign

Donate to help John establish a research fund in memory of his younger brother, Brian Dennis, who had PF, and Barbara Ann Barr Haylock, who also had PF and was fervent patient advocate. 

Simply click the DONATE NOW button on the side of this page to pledge your support.

About John Dennis

>>Watch John's Story

“I’m relishing the fact that I can breathe,” declares John Dennis when he woke up after his single-lung transplant at Toronto General Hospital (TGH) in early March 2021. In this video, John shares his pulmonary fibrosis (PF) and lung transplant journey and passes on advice for others living with PF.

When John retired in 2008 and returned to his hometown of Halifax, he seemed to get sick each spring. In 2016 he attended his younger brother’s funeral and his sister-in-law told him his brother had PF but had told no one. John immediately knew he also had this fatal disease.

At 76 years of age, John was in the top five percent of people receiving a lung transplant, in terms of age. “Self-advocacy and self-care are critical in being considered for this procedure,” says John. John wakes up each morning thankful for another wonderful day.

John also founded the CPFF Halifax Support Group and its members have been a source of encouragement throughout his PF journey.

We celebrate John for his courage and thank him for sharing his pulmonary fibrosis journey. If you or someone you love is experiencing breathing difficulties talk to your doctor. 

Snapshots from John's Ride for PF

John Dennis - I Ride for You & Me