KANSAS CITY — A $400,000 gift will be used to establish a pulmonary fibrosis research program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City's School of Medicine.
The school said the money comes from the estate of the late Mary K. Geldmacher. The retired St. Louis school teacher suffered from the condition and died in 2009.
Pulmonary fibrosis is the formation or development of excess fibrous tissue in the lungs.
More than 40,000 people die from the condition each year in the United States.
The director of the university's Lung Research Center, Dr. Gary Salzman, said that there's currently no effective drug treatment for the condition. The new program designed to study pulmonary fibrosis will be housed at the center and named after Geldmacher.