Spotlight On: American Lung Association

The American Lung Association (ALA) is a national organization dedicated to preventing lung disease and improving lung health through education, advocacy and research. The ALA’s mission is “to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.” The organization works to combat tobacco use, improve air quality to prevent lung disease and provide aid to lung cancer patients and their families. The ALA also provides resources for education on lung disease and funding for lung cancer research.

The ALA encourages participation in local chapters through advocacy, donations, volunteering or participating in local events. On September 29, the ALA will host a “Fight For Air Walk.” Participants will walk around the McDonald’s Hamburger University and the Oak Brook Park District to Fight for Clean Air and Healthy Lungs. To register for the event or learn how you can participate, click here. Examples of other ALA events include bike rides and runs, support groups and advocacy opportunities to promote lung health.

Our medical director, Dr. Andy Su serves on the ALA’s Lung Cancer Scientific Expert Advisory Panel.

For more information on the ALA and ways to get involved, visit the ALA Illinois chapter’s website.