The official blog of the Lung Institute.
Giving Back During the Holiday Season
While it is a good thing to give back to the world all year long, there is something about the holiday season that fuels the desire to demonstrate a sea of generosity. Kicking off during the Thanksgiving festivities, people begin to relish in the many things we have to be thankful for. As humans, we tend to take things for granted often. Even the simplest life moments may be exceedingly difficult for someone else. One such example is simply breathing. For many individuals, breathing is natural and easy, but for others—such as people with a chronic lung disease like COPD—breathing is not easy. Every breath takes dedication and tenacity. So when a holiday comes around that reminds everybody of just how lucky they are, it is natural to want to help those in need! This year, we hope to help people learn different ways to give back to individuals struggling to breathe every day.
An Overview of COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung disease that leaves sufferers with severe shortness of breath, and oftentimes, oxygen dependency. Despite being the third greatest killer in the United States, many people don’t realize the danger of lung disease. Additionally, since smoking is often a contributor to an individual’s lung damage, the stigma that the individual chose to get lung disease since they chose to smoke plagues sufferers. As a result of this ignorance, many foundations and organizations are hoping to raise COPD and other lung disease awareness. So how can you take part in the movement to understanding?
How You Can Help
For many people, the best way to give back to society is through financial donations. With numerous charities available for people who need help, there are plenty of locations that could desperately use your donations. When looking to boost lung disease research, the COPD Foundation is the gold standard for searching for a lung disease cure. Donations can be quickly made online (it took me less that two minutes) in honor or memory of an individual or in hopes of fostering a cure. The COPD Foundation also offers non-monetary methods of getting involved. By becoming a COPD Advocate, individuals can reach out to local government representatives, write to local newspapers, learn how to effectively communication with people in the COPD community and spread the word through social media. Through these channels, advocates can spread the word about COPD. If you would rather donate to a specific lung disease under the COPD umbrella, there are organizations working to raise awareness for specific diseases such as the National Emphysema Foundation.
Global Advocacy for COPD
Every Christmas season more than a million people living in British Columbia open their mailboxes to find B.C. Lung Association Christmas Seals. Every year in British Columbia, the British Columbia Lung Association spreads lung disease awareness in a tradition that symbolizes yearly giving. For the last 100+ years, British Columbians have donated in order to support clean air and healthy lungs while fighting the battle against COPD, lung cancer, asthma, smoking and air pollution. The Christmas Seals are designed as a symbol of hope for the one in five Canadians suffering from lung disease. Currently, the Christmas Seals fundraising campaign fuels lung disease research for the whole year.
How to Advocate for Stem Cell Therapy Patients
Stem cell therapy is a revolutionary new treatment for individuals suffering from the debilitating effects of chronic lung disease. When a sufferer is seeking stem cell treatment, the gold standard of treatment is available at the Lung Institute. Unfortunately, many individuals must look to alternative routes of treatment payment. For many, the solution is GoFundMe. As one of the most well-known personal fundraising websites, people can donate to a specific cause in order to help an individual reach their goal. At the Lung Institute, we currently have two individuals working to raise money through GoFundMe. If you would like to help patients get the help they need at the Lung Institute, you can read 17-year-old Varuni’s story and visit her GoFundMe page or learn about Myles’ journey to a better life.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a chronic lung disease, you have options and people are willing to help. This holiday season, advocate for yourself in hopes that you too can breathe easier with stem cell therapy. For more information, call us or contact us at (800) 729-3065.