Mission Moment September – 2016
(September 14, 2016)
Lung Association Funded Research Published: Christopher George Slatore, M.D. at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon has been examining the role of depression in lung cancer care. The results of this work have now been published in Lung Cancer. Dr. Slatore's team found specific risk factors that may contribute to new onset depression after a lung cancer diagnosis and demonstrated the need for enhanced surveillance among certain groups of patients. The Lung Association is dedicated to supporting the whole patient and funding research that addresses all aspects of the quality of life for those with lung disease.
Get Out and Help Cure Lung Cancer: Looking for a great way to get some exercise, while supporting our lifesaving mission? Sign up for an American Lung Association LUNG FORCE Walk. It's an empowering and fun outdoor activity that includes raising funds for research to cure the leading cancer killer in America—lung cancer.
LUNG FORCE Hero: Vickie D. shares that she is responding well to targeted therapy for stage 4 adenocarcinoma, and that she and her friends "had a blast" participating in a LUNG FORCE Walk.
More than $6 Million in Research Spending: Funding medical research is a critical part of our mission to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and families. We are proud to announce that, with your support, we will be funding more than $6.38 million in grants in fiscal year 2016-2017, almost $2 million of which is for newly awarded research.
"Tobacco 21" Initiative: We have just launched our "Tobacco 21" initiative to save lives of future generations by raising tobacco sales age to 21. One of the best ways to spare our kids from a life of nicotine addiction and poor health is to prevent them from starting smoking in the first place. Our new initiative aims to do just that, by calling on the rest of the states to follow the lead of Hawaii and California, and raise the legal tobacco sales age to 21. Learn more at Lung.org/Tobacco21
More Efficient and Cleaner Trucks: In August, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards. Once enacted, these standards will protect public health and fight climate change by reducing carbon pollution and other harmful air pollutants, like particulate matter and nitrogen oxides, produced by trucks, tractors, trailers and buses. The EPA estimates these standards will prevent 175,000 asthma attacks in children and more than 600 premature deaths annually in 2040.
New Asthma Action Plans: We have new versions of our asthma action plans available, including one created specifically for school-aged children. The Asthma Action Plan for Home and Schools (and en Español) serves not just as the student's medical treatment plan, but when signed by the healthcare provider and parent, can also act as an authorization form, eliminating the need for schools to collect and track multiple forms. We also have our Asthma Action Plan (en Español) that can be used by anyone with asthma.
Pulmonary Fibrosis Month: September is Pulmonary Fibrosis Month. One way we help pulmonary fibrosis patients and caregivers is through our online support communities, Living with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Caring for Pulmonary Fibrosis on Inspire.com. These free communities connect people facing pulmonary fibrosis for networking, education and support. The Lung Association also supports the Quit Now: Freedom From Smoking®, Living with Asthma, Lung Cancer Survivors, Living with COPD and Living with Lung Disease communities on Inspire.com.
Each Breath Blog
Summer may be over, but there may still be extreme weather ahead, including hurricane season. Learn more about how to protect your health from two of our latest blog posts exploring the health risks of extreme heat and the aftermath of flooding.
Everything we do is made possible because of our great supporters, like you! The lifesaving work that is carried out by Lung Association staff and volunteers is only possible because so many generous donors across the country believe in and support our mission. If you would like to become more involved, we always have opportunities for those who share our passion for lung health to join in our work.