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Message from the President & CEO

2019 is shaping up to be a very productive year at The Lung Association of Nova Scotia (LANS), and we are so thankful for the continued support of our volunteers and donors like yourself.

Lung health continues to be an issue facing many people in our province. Whether it's people who cannot afford treatment for sleep apnea, people looking for support to quit smoking, radon testing, lung transplant support, COPD support, and more, we continue to focus on ways to make Nova Scotia a healthier place to live and breathe.

The past few months, LANS has participated in changing lung health for the better through various campaigns and advocacy work. We have had the privilege of working on a Youth Vaping Awareness project and creating a Youth Advisory Committee. We worked with the media to advocate to government, which resulted in an increase to financial support for people who have to travel out-of-province for lung transplants. We've also been busy with an awareness campaign, which has helped secure many donations of gently-used CPAP and BiPAP machines for our Sleep Apnea Refurbishment Program. 

This summer, we will be busy planning for an exciting new signature event, hosting a COPD policy forum, and getting ready for all the activities that Autumn typically brings. 

As we look towards the future, we continue to challenge the status quo and strive towards better lung health for all Nova Scotians. We remain grateful for your support and encourage you to follow us on social media to stay updated on all of our latest initiatives.

- Robert MacDonald, President & CEO
Lung Association of Nova Scotia

 
Blue Nose Marathon

This past weekend, we once again participated in the Scotiabank Blue Nose Charity Challenge.

As always, we had an amazing team of fundraisers who worked hard to raise funds to support lung health in Nova Scotia. So far, over $3100 has been raised by these amazing people, with the final tally not being available until July!

We hope everyone had an amazing race - and we want to thank you once again for your dedication and support!
Springtime Asthma!
 
The better weather is finally upon us! Unfortunately, asthma and allergy season has come along with it. Pollen is perhaps the most apparent springtime asthma and allergy offender although other factors such as bug spray and perfumes can affect the lungs during this time.

For many people with allergies, asthma, and COPD, spring brings along respiratory complications such as wheezing, coughing and congested airways.
Plans to avoid allergies and asthma attacks include:
  • Stay inside when you can
  • Checking the pollen levels every day
  • Keeping your medication close by and on hand
  • Use creams instead of an aerosol spray
  • Use air circulation systems in your home
 
Links fore Lungs

As we head into better weather, we also increase the opportunity for outdoor fun. For only $40 you and your family have access to over 100 BOGO green fees, deals, and discounts at 55+ golf courses throughout the Atlantic Provinces. Spend your Summer on the course with friends and family.  Support a great local charity and put a little swing in your step with Links fore Lungs.

**Remember - Links Fore Lungs makes a great Father's Day Gift!
 
Lung Transplant Support
Have you heard?


The Lung Association of Nova Scotia has been advocating for increased financial support for lung transplant patients over the years. This year we made it a priority to speak out about the financial difficulties patients face. Due to the expenses associated with relocation to lung transplant centers in Toronto, Edmonton, Montreal or Vancouver, Nova Scotians are faced with the difficult decision about major life-saving surgery and the financial implications which will affect them and their families.

Due to our efforts and the support of our community, lung transplant advocacy has been recognized in the media within the province as well as nationally. This exposure has put a light on the hardships lung transplant patients, and their families face.

As a result of our advocacy efforts, the Provincial Government increased the support to people that have to travel out-of-province for this life-saving surgery from $1500 per month up to $2500 per month. 

Additional support if also available to lung transplant patients through our Lung Transplant Support Fund. For information on this, visit 
https://ns.lung.ca/our-programs/lung-transplant/lung-transplant-support-fund 
 
Please note, we will be transitioning to Summer Hours the week of June 17, 2019. Our office hours will be as follows:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - Noon
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Our mailing address is:
6331 Lady Hammond Road Suite#200
Halifax, NS B3K 2S2 

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