We are proud to support innovators in the fight against lung disease.
Unfortunately, lung disease research is underfunded — slowing potential advances in knowledge, diagnosis, and treatment. To address this, we offer grants to physician scientists, lung health scholars, and other researchers. Since 2000, we have awarded more than $3 million to recognize researchers and support their important work.

Congratulations again to our 2021 award winner Dr. Madariaga from University of Chicago Medicine, who will study certain types of lung cancer in an effort to improve treatments.
We are excited to announce two new funding opportunities to support local research projects into lung cancer and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Take steps to protect your home and your lungs this winter!
As winter approaches, most of us will be spending more time inside our homes. Unfortunately, you may unknowingly expose yourself and your family to high levels of radon. Radon is a gas caused by the breakdown of uranium in the soil — and the second leading cause of lung cancer behind smoking. Although you can be exposed to radon in any type of building, you and your family are most likely to be exposed in your home – where you spend the most time. You can’t see or smell radon. The only way to know if you have radon in your home is to test for it. There are several options for testing your home, including a DIY home test kit and hiring a qualified radon testing professional. If you have never tested your home for radon, now is the time to educate yourself about radon, test your home, and take steps to reduce your exposure if needed.
Your Support Made a Difference in the Fight for Clean Air!
After more than three years of advocacy and grassroots organizing with our partners across the state in the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, Gov. Pritzker recently signed into law a nation-leading equitable climate bill.

The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act sets Illinois on the path to 100% clean energy by 2050 and commits tens of millions of dollars to quickly accelerate transportation electrification in Illinois. It will address the public health threat of pollution from fossil fuels, support communities most impacted by poor air quality, and create jobs.

Thank you so much for your support and hard work along the way!

Watch a thank you video from our partners at the
Know the Facts When it Comes to Lung Cancer
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S., yet receives significantly less funding than other cancers. We want to talk about ways to keep yourself healthy, from knowing signs & symptoms to getting screenings if you are a good candidate. Some of the most common signs and symptoms linked to lung cancer include a cough that won’t go away; chest, back or shoulder pain; shortness of breath; wheezing; hoarseness; being tired; and weight loss.

If you or someone you know has symptoms or may be at risk for lung cancer, talk with your health care provider about your concerns and to determine whether you are a good candidate for lung cancer screening.
Want to help someone living with lung disease? Donate today so we can continue offering programs & resources that empower patients to manage their health & live better every day.
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