Tom Hushen

This entry is part of a series focusing on some of the charitable organizations AstraZeneca is working with in Delaware that are making a meaningful, measurable difference to improve the health of our communities and those who live in them. Previous entries can be found here and here and here

Today’s entry explores the American Lung Association, an organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. 

The average person takes more than 20,000 breaths each day. But for those suffering from the effects of asthma, some of those breaths don’t come as easily as others.

The American Lung Association reports that asthma affects over 7 million children. However, with correct care and attention, these debilitating effects can be managed.

The American Lung Association has dedicated itself to providing research support and training to educate school personnel, health care providers and families on how to improve asthma care for children. They have also facilitated asthma-care partnerships and supported numerous events to show how correctly treating serious asthma symptoms can make all the difference.

One such event, “Breathe Well, Live Well,” consists of a series of workshops that help build knowledge of the factors that exacerbate and ameliorate asthma. This workshop also helps develop self-management skills in controlling symptoms. Through collaboration with AstraZeneca, trained facilitators were able to offer these workshops in a variety of different locations. AstraZeneca funding also helped the American Lung Association support another important program called the Better Breathers Club, a group for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

“As the oldest health-related non-profit organization in the country, the ALA works tirelessly to improve lung health by offering a number of programs throughout the state that are designed to help people quit smoking, learn to live with and control their asthma, prevent children from smoking, and many other lung health problems,” Chantal Fields, Vice President of Mission at the American Lung Association, said. “Our partnership with AstraZeneca helps us to reach these prevention goals.”

AstraZeneca is committed to health care that works. The American Lung Association’s work in promoting asthma awareness and treatment is truly commendable, and we are proud to partner with an organization which is striving to make a meaningful difference in patient health.

For more information on AstraZeneca’s work with the American Lung Association and other nonprofit organizations and to download our 2011 Corporate Contributions Report, click here.