Your Beacon Purchase Makes a Difference!

In the spirit of bringing light – and happiness! – to gardens everywhere, PanAmerican Seed donates a percentage of its global Beacon Impatiens sales to a less-widely known charitable organization each year.

For the 2021 garden season, PanAmerican Seed is partnering with two foundations fighting against a rare lung disease – Pulmonary Fibrosis. Both the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation and its counterpart in The Netherlands, the Dutch Association of Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients, Pendersfonds, work to support people living with the disease, as well as provide education, information, advocacy and support to ensure access to quality health care. They also invest in research to offer the hope of new and improved treatments for PF and an eventual cure.

“We are pleased sales of Beacon Impatiens can once again shine the light on a rare disease and support the teams dedicated to making a difference.”

– Claire Josephson, Marketing Manager for PanAmerican Seed

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease that scars and stiffens the lungs, making it increasingly difficult to breathe and accomplish daily tasks. It is a lesser-known disease that affects not only the thousands of people inflicted with PF, but also their families and caregivers. There is also evidence of “familial” PF diagnosis, where genetic predisposition and family history are strongly associated with increased risk to the disease.

The Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation is a registered not-for-profit Canadian charitable foundation established in 2009 to provide hope and support for people affected by PF. It raises money to find causes and treatments for PF, provides education and support, and helps answer those non-medical questions frequently asked by those suffering with the disease.


The Dutch Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient Association is also there for patients with PF and their families. It stimulates and financially supports research into the causes and treatments of PF, and works closely with healthcare professionals and its sister organizations throughout Europe. The association believes patients should be well-informed about their disease since education makes them stronger and helps them get the best possible care.