About Team Grover
Started March 8th, 2013, Team Grover is a group of Grover Mundell’s family and friends that have banded together to advocate on behalf of Grover Mills Mundell for the cure to IPF and other lung diseases.
About Grover Mills Mundell
Grover died in 2013 at the age of 48 from complications in his fight with IPF. Grover was an amazing husband, friend, and father of two adorable girls. As Grover fought for his life, he also fought for the cause, and we hope that we can raise awareness and continue that fight!
About Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) describes a condition in which the lung tissue becomes thickened, stiff, and scarred.1 The medical terminology used to describe this scar tissue is fibrosis. The alveoli (air sacs) and the blood vessels within the lungs are responsible for delivering oxygen to the body, including the brain, heart, and other organs. All of the body’s functions depend upon delivery of a steady supply of oxygen. As lung tissue becomes scarred and thicker, it is more difficult for the lungs to transfer oxygen into the bloodstream. As a result, the brain, heart, and other organs do not get the oxygen they need to function properly.1 In some cases, doctors can determine the cause of the fibrosis (scarring), but in many cases the cause remains unknown. When there is no known cause for the development of pulmonary fibrosis (and certain radiographic and/or pathologic criteria are met), the disease is called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis or IPF. More specifically, consensus treatment guidelines from international lung societies define IPF as “a specific form of chronic, progressive fibrosing interstitial pneumonia of unknown cause, occurring primarily in older adults, limited to the lungs, and associated with the histopathologic and/or radiologic pattern of UIP [usual interstitial pneumonia].”