Online Caregiving Service Provides Support to Individuals Dealing with Lung Disease

(September 1, 2010)

The demands of lung diseases can be very stressful on patients and their loved ones. However, they shouldn’t feel alone in times of need. The American Lung Association is offering an online caregiving coordination service called “My Fighting for Air Community” where family, friends, colleagues and neighbors can organize support of everyday tasks, from simple house chores to weekly grocery trips.

My Fighting for Air Community” is a free, private, online coordination service that includes an easy-to-use, private group calendar, specifically designed for organizing helpers who want to assist during times of need. In addition, the American Lung Association provides helpful resources about symptoms, causes, and treatment options for various lung diseases, as well as contact information to local American Lung Associations and the Lung HelpLine (1-800-548-8252).

As an organization dedicated to public health, the American Lung Association is offering this online service through Lotsa Helping Hands to support the more than 37 million people in the US who suffer from chronic lung disease every day. This includes more than 24 million adults and children with asthma, 13.1 million adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), approximately 226,000 Americans hospitalized with complications from influenza every year, and 365,000 people currently living with lung cancer – the number one cancer killer of both men and women.

“Lotsa Helping Hands is an extraordinarily important resource for families coping with acute and chronic lung heath crises,” said Susan Rappaport, Vice President of Research & Program Services for the American Lung Association. “We’ve offered this platform for the past three years and recently made enhancements to better serve patients’ family and friends who provide support that is truly needed."