Former baseball player Bernie Williams raises awareness in Cleve - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Former baseball player Bernie Williams raises awareness in Cleveland for fatal lung disease

Bernie Williams (Source: WOIO) Bernie Williams (Source: WOIO)

Bernie Williams, a former Major League Baseball All-Star, is in Cleveland to raise awareness about a rare fatal lung disease that's impacted someone close to his heart.

The former New York Yankees player lost his father in 2001 to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, or IPF. He is in Cleveland this weekend to promote awareness of IPF through the Breathless campaign.

Statistics show that approximately 50,000 people are diagnosed with IPF each year in the United States, which is about 15,000 more people that could fit in Progressive Field to capacity.

Williams played for the Yankees from 1991 to 2006. He was on a Yankees team that won the World Series four times during his career.

Bernie Williams will be on Cleveland 19 News Friday morning and will also be attending Friday's baseball game between the Indians and Yankees.

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