July 28, 2016

From the CEO’s desk

Dear Readers,

Heather AllanI had the pleasure of meeting Olympic legend Cathy Freeman in June. Cathy has partnered with Lung Foundation Australia to encourage the nation to start thinking about their lung health.

Cathy is our new Just One Breath national ambassador, joining our previous champions who include Archie Roach and Christine Anu. She is passionate about maintaining good lung health as well as encouraging people to recognise and, more importantly, act on the potential risks and symptoms of lung disease.

Having lived with a lung disease for most of her life, Cathy can speak personally about how important it is for Australians to start taking their own lung health seriously.

As part of this new collaboration, Cathy took part in a regional New South Wales journey, together with representatives from Lung Foundation Australia, to help share the lung health message with the Indigenous community and local school of Albury Wodonga.

Cathy is also introducing a series of video stories about Australians living with a lung disease, as well as promoting symptom awareness and early diagnosis through Lung Foundation Australia’s Lung Health Checklist. These stories as well as Cathy’s experiences are currently available on our website. Visit www.lungfoundation.com.au and click on the image of Cathy.

We will be launching another three stories during the next few months for Lung Health Awareness Month. Each story details a very different experience with lung disease and we thank all of our patients and their families for their generosity and willingness to be involved. Indeed, as you will read throughout this newsletter, August to December will be a busy and exciting time for Lung Foundation Australia.

At this month’s Australian Lung Cancer Conference in Melbourne, we will be launching a new report looking at the (1) LFA Facebook Post Cathyhuge impact of lung cancer in Australia as well as ways to improve outcomes for those with lung cancer. This vital document, calls on funders, policy makers, the wider community and health professionals to act to reduce the toll of lung cancer.

This month will also see the inaugural Just One Breath Cycle Challenge being held at Lakeside International Raceway in Brisbane’s north. Proceeds will go to support lung research through our joint initiative with the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand, ‘Lungs for Life’. If you would like to take part and have not yet signed up your team, visit www.justonebreath.com.au/events to register.

These events will be followed by the third Just One Breath Gala Dinner on 22 October. Then we roll into Lung Health Awareness Month and International Lung Cancer Awareness Month in November which includes World COPD Day, Shine a Light on lung cancer events and Asbestos Awareness Week. We are also organising the first Love Your Lungs Community Fun Run and Walk in Melbourne together with our partners Collingwood Football Club and Ego Pharmaceuticals.

Keep your eyes on the Lung Foundation Australia website, our Facebook page and other social media channels for more exciting news during the next few months. Thank you all for your support.

Heather Allan