Broadway Belts for PPF! is an annual benefit for the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation featuring Broadway stars in an evening of music and comedy. It was started in 2010 by one of PFF's leading advocates nationwide, the Broadway actress and comedienne Julie Halston (You Can't Take It With You). This year's concert features performances by Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Mandy Gonzalez (Hamilton), Mario Cantone (The View), Robert Creighton (Cagney), Randy Graff (City of Angels), and others.
The event raises money to fight pulmonary fibrosis, an unforgiving, progressive disease involving scarring in the lungs. With no cure, many victims of PF live only two or three years after their diagnosis. Halston notes that while pulmonary fibrosis is a growing health concern throughout the world, and while the disease is frequently misdiagnosed, two leading pharmaceutical companies are making progress in developing drugs that have shown success in slowing its growth.