Linda B. Ford, M.D. – A Legacy of Dedication
American Lung Association Legacy Society member Dr. Linda B. Ford
Dr. Linda B. Ford has dedicated her life as a physician, researcher, educator and advocate to helping those who suffer with asthma. She’s also dedicated to the work of the American Lung Association.
As a physician of allergy and immunology, Dr. Ford knows firsthand the impact of asthma, especially on children. For more than 35 years, she has been the principal investigator in over 300 clinical research studies on asthma and allergic disease, as well as developing disease management protocols.
When she learned that her home state had the second highest death rate from asthma, she partnered to deliver a program to teach primary care physicians and their staff to safely and effectively evaluate and treat asthma. She also spearheaded the formation and served as first chair of the National Asthma Educators Certification Board to ensure high-quality education among asthma educators.
Children who suffer with asthma are a special concern for Dr. Ford. She actively promotes lung disease education among children, and thanks to her advocacy work to make her state smokefree, children there will suffer fewer asthma attacks brought on by secondhand smoke.
As the American Lung Association’s 93rd National President, she provided key testimony about tobacco control to the U.S. Congress, and co-chaired a successful fundraising campaign to support a network of asthma centers and clinical research centers throughout the county, helping to lay the groundwork for today’s Airways Clinical Research Centers.
With her eye on future generations, Dr. Ford has included a legacy gift to the Lung Association in her estate plan. “The Lung Association cannot provide its myriad services, programs and research without the financial support of its constituents,” says Dr. Ford. “It’s the right thing to do.”
You can hear more of Dr. Ford’s legacy story as well as the stories of other generous individuals who have decided to include the Lung Association in their wills and estate plans.