Your gift this Christmas will help change lives
For four years Ethan’s parents struggled not knowing what was causing their son’s horrific cough and difficulty breathing. Since being diagnosed in August last year with bronchiectasis, a chronic and irreversible lung disease, Ethan’s mum Lauren remains hopeful that the now six-year-old can still live long and have a beautiful life with the help of research.
Ethan is one of seven million Australians living with the devastating effects of a lung disease. Despite how widespread lung disease is, dedicated research is grossly underfunded. Research is critical to finding new treatments and providing hope for a cure.
All money raised during our Christmas appeal will help fund life-changing research via Lung Foundation Australia’s research program, a critical platform giving families like Ethan’s hope.
Read more about Ethan’s journey here.
Your gift will help fund life-changing research
People look at Michel and tell him he looks well. But the truth is, he is living with stage 4 lung cancer. When he was diagnosed, the husband and father of two was given one year to live. Two years later and he remains hopeful that he will continue to respond to his treatment, and that somewhere in the world someone is coming up with research that will give him hope for a cure and a future with his family.
Lung cancer is Australia’s number one cancer killer. It has a devastating impact on the lives of thousands of Australians, with one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers. But there is hope. In recent years, advances in new treatments have seen an increase in the survival rate and quality of life for people impacted by the disease – research is providing hope that has never existed before.
Lung Foundation Australia provides seed funds for the best and brightest researchers to undertake research projects that support discoveries towards the prevention, management and cure of lung cancer. Scientific breakthroughs can take years to accomplish but every dollar makes a difference to the lives of people impacted by lung cancer.
Your gift this Christmas will give people like Michel and his family hope for a cure.
Click here to learn more about Michel’s lung cancer journey.
Where there is research, there is hope
At a glance, Cobey looks like a healthy young woman with her entire life ahead of her. She’s 23, working as a pharmacist and engaged to be married next year. With Christmas around the corner, Cobey could be wishing for many things. Instead, she has only one – a cure for lung disease.
At the age of just 21, Cobey was diagnosed with a progressive and incurable lung disease called Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH). This chronic condition restricts blood flow and oxygen through the lungs, affecting the heart’s ability to work effectively.
Since the diagnosis, Cobey’s condition has forced her to reconsider her future plans, like starting a family. She knows at some point the medication she is on may stop working. Thankfully, she has other options through further medication; however at some point a lung transplant will be a likely necessity.
Help us raise $125,000 to give people like Cobey access to life-changing research and support services.
Find out more about Cobey’s journey to diagnosis and how rare lung disease has impacted her life.
*Donations will be matched dollar for dollar until the donation total reaches $100,000 or by 31 December 2019, whichever comes first.