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LUNG FORCE Expo Helps Local Woman Live Better with Lung Disease

(April 17, 2018) -

For more information please contact:

James Martinez
[email protected]
(312) 445-2501

Local resident Retha Williams is living with lung disease, so each year she attends the LUNG FORCE Expo in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. to help her learn to live better with her disease. 

Williams began having breathing problems in 2006. She was first diagnosed with asthma and then chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). As the disease progressed, her breathing got worse and she was required to be on supplementary oxygen daily.

“In the beginning, I was scared that I had COPD,” said Williams. “The best thing you can do is to learn how to deal with it.”

Then she was introduced to pulmonary rehabilitation, Better Breathers Club and the LUNG FORCE Expo, a program designed for healthcare professionals, patients, and caregivers to learn more about the latest trends, resources and research surrounding lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, and other lung diseases.

“It is just so informative,” she said. “I bring all the brochures home and read each one. The program has helped me a lot.”

In fact, a hands-on presentation at one LUNG FORCE Expo taught her how to better use her inhaler, which has dramatically improved her breathing. Today, Williams feels great, doesn’t use supplemental oxygen, is still able to do housework and works part time.

“The LUNG FORCE Expo has helped me over the years and I would recommend anyone go,” said Williams. “If you have a lung disease I suggest that you go and find out how to live better and live longer.”

Healthcare professionals as well as patients living with lung disease or lung cancer are invited to attend the event on April 24. Registration is now open. To learn more and to register visit the LUNG FORCE Expo website or call 312-781-1100.


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The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit:

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