The air we breathe gives us life-sustaining oxygen and cleanses our bodies of waste like carbon dioxide. But what happens when the air we breathe isn’t clean? For the last 20 years, the American Lung Association has tracked data from air quality monitors to compile the "State of the Air" report.
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The American Lung Association recently released their “State of the Air” 2017 findings and there are some things you’ll want to know especially if you suffer from COPD or other lung and breathing related illnesses.
Each year, the American Lung Association reviews their State of the Air findings for every state in the U.S.
The American Lung Association's “Lung Force” is a fundraising event, hoping to unite women and standing (and walking) together to fight lung cancer, in women and in everyone else. According to the American Lung Association's website, a woman in the US is diagnosed with lung cancer every five minutes. This is a big problem, so it needs a lot of attention.
Lung cancer is the #1 killer cancer afflicting women in this country, and is more prevalent than the dangerous and insidious emphysema and chronic bronchitis (COPD). It's time to raise funds and awareness so that we can bring these statistics down, and ensure that more women can live long and healthy lives, lung cancer free.
It's alarming that the lung cancer death rate in women has increased by more than 50% over the past 35 years. Even with these numbers climbing in the case of women, anyone can get lung cancer. Smoking cigarettes is the leading cause of lung cancer. While men still smoke more cigarettes than women, the gap between these two numbers is closing. This is the main contributer in the rising number of women being diagnosed with lung cancer.
World pneumonia day may have come and gone, but it's something that should definitely be talked about. During the winter months, pneumonia can be a really danger to anyone, but especially to those with compromised immune systems and chronic lung diseases. November 12th is World Pneumonia Day, as named by the American Lung Association. Pneumonia is actually one of the leading causes of death worldwide, according to the American Lung Association.
If you are over the age of 55 or have a chronic lung disease, it's recommended that you get a pneumonia vaccine. There are two types of pneumococcal vaccines. Pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) is the most common, and given to adults between the ages of 19 and 64 with medical conditions, like asthma, COPD and certain kidney diseases. You would only need to get it every 5 years if your doctor sees the need for it.
“Run the Rocks” is a 5K put on by the American Lung Association, to help raise research money and awareness for a variety of lung related diseases and important issues. The 8th annual 5K run/walk will be taking place on October 12th 2014 in Red Rocks Park in Morrison, Colorado. This run sounds like a lot of fun, as the runs and onlookers will be treated to live music throughout, as well as the beautiful scenery of the park. The end of the 5K run/walk is at the top of the historic amphitheater, but you'll have to climb the steps to get there.
Even if you can't participate as a runner or walker, you can help raise money for the cause by pledging to a participant. You can do this, and find other important information about the event by visiting RunTheRocks.org. You'll be able to search for a particular team or individual participant by entering their name if you know someone who is participating, or you can just give directly to the cause.
Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other chronic lung diseases can be rough, even when your oxygen needs are being met. You might have a lot of questions about the disease, or you might be feeling down and isolated after being diagnosed with a chronic or severe lung disease.
If you or someone you love has just been diagnosed with a chronic lung disease, you should definitely attend an inspirational and education “Respiration Rally” in a major city closest to where you live. American Medical Sales and Repairs is proud to be sponsoring the upcoming rallies being held in Portland Oregon, Seattle Washington, Spokane Washington and Honolulu Hawaii!
According to the Lung.org website, The Fight for Air Fundraisers are really “a vertical road race”, where participants and teams can come together to raise money for the American Lung Association as well as meet another fitness goal.
Just as with many other fund raising events for a medical cause or organization, athelets have the opportunity to contribute and pay tribute to those who cannot breathe properly, those with chronic diseases such as COPD or asthma, those with lung cancer, and future generations to have better medical technology to treat lung ailments.
Run the Rocks is a 5K run/walk challenge sponsored by Kaiser Permanente in association with American Lung Association in Colorado. It is a fundraiser to prevent lung disease and promote lung health in all its forms.
The race is on October 14th, 2012 at the world famous Red Rocks Amphitheater. The course traces the roads and parking lots around Red Rocks and finishes with a climb up the stairs. Some of Denver’s finest bands will be playing along the way.
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The American Lung Association held its annual fundraising event, the Fight for Air Climb, at Republic Plaza in downtown Denver, Colorado on February 26, 2012. Republic Plaza, the tallest building in the Rocky Mountain west, was the host of the event, which focuses on bringing awareness to the prevention of lung disease and promoting lung health.
The ALA anticipated 2,400 Coloradans would climb the stairs at Republic Plaza and had hoped to raise $500,000 for their programs and services. Both individuals and teams took part in the event and all climbers pledged the minimum $65.00 to participate.
Climbers hit the stairs every 8 seconds and ascended 1,098 steps to reach the top of 56 floors. Once participants reached the top of the Republic, they took the elevator down to the lobby, where they were greeted with food, fun and interactive booths. Prizes were also awarded in a variety of categories, including fastest climbers, highest fundraisers, and best costume.
With team names such as “Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Lung” and “Love You Lung Time,” our own American Medical Sales and Repair team, lead by Nick Vannatta came in 86th overall for time. “After 5 minutes of climbing,” said Nick, “my lungs were burning and I really felt that I understood what our COPD patients must go through every day.”
The American Lung Association raised $369,073.00 from this event and reached almost 74% of its original goal.