In Memorium: Roger Ryder

Roger Ryder

Roger Ryder, Passed away: 15/08/2017

Roger sadly passed away on 15th August 2017.  Amongst other health issues he had been suffering from Chronic Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CPA) which is a devastating long-term fungal infection of the lungs caused by the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus, a type of fungus (a spore-forming mould) commonly found on plants, soil, rotting vegetable matter (Rog loved his gardening!), household dust, building materials, and food items. Everyone breathes in at least several hundred of these spores every day, but they don’t usually cause illness in people with healthy immune systems – unfortunately Rog already had a compromised immune system and also lung cavities created earlier in his life from an illness similar to TB which provided warm homes in which aspergilloma (fungal balls) were able to grow.  CPA is a horrid disease – for Rog it caused a persistent cough, occasional bleeding in the lungs, weight loss and constant breathlessness and fatigue.  In recent months Rog had been fortunate enough to have been under the care of the National Aspergillosis Centre, at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester, who had prescribed expensive anti-fungal drugs which were helping to control the fungal infection.  CPA is a relatively rare disease, it is estimated that around only 450 to 700 people in England have CPA

In memory of Roger we would like to support The Fungal Infection Trust.  This is a little known charity which works tirelessly to raise monies for research into fungal infection, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of fungal illnesses and to increase the awareness of their impact. FIT also set up and supports the Aspergillus website, a resource which provides educational information and support for patients, doctors and scientists who deal with Aspergillus infections.  We found this website to be especially informative and supportive following Roger’s diagnosis and in the months prior to his death.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read this and for any donation that you may wish to make in Roger’s memory – hopefully something good can now come out of his untimely death.

To donate in Roger’s Memory click here.

Editor-in-Chief , National Aspergillosis Centre

Editor-in-Chief, Research Associate for the National Aspergillosis Centre and PPI Lead for Respiratory Section of the Manchester Biomedical Research Centre