Overview

Breathing. It’s something that we do all the time – 22,000 times a day, every day of our lives. Something so natural and automatic that most of us never even think about it. But that is not the case for the one in five Ontarians who struggle to breathe. Breathing is a constant challenge that affects almost every aspect of their daily lives.

While we’ve come a long way in understanding and treating lung disease, breathing challenges continue to exact an enormous human and economic toll.

As we look back on our work in 2016, you’ll see that The Lung Association – Ontario, along with our two professional societies, the Ontario Thoracic Society and the Ontario Respiratory Care Society, have been working hard to address and shine a spotlight on the issue of breathing – an issue that, both as a cause and the life-saving research that supports it, does not get anywhere near the attention and focus it deserves.

Last year, we invested $1,329,981 in critical lung research that touches on the entire spectrum of the patient journey from prevention right through to quality of life. Our ongoing commitment to lung health research makes better treatments and cures to lung disease not just a possibility – but something that we will make a reality.

Our role in lung cancer has also been strengthened with our new initiative, Completing the Circle, which aims to bridge the gaps in lung cancer care. As part of this plan, we developed a patient engagement strategy that allowed us to gain a deeper understanding about the experience of lung cancer patients and their caregivers.  Patient engagement is an integral part of our advocacy efforts.

In moving our advocacy and policy work forward, we created a series of policy forums that will continue throughout the year. They serve to tackle some of the most urgent and pressing issues facing health care today. Each forum focuses on a different topic aimed at developing creative and actionable solutions that are desperately needed to improve the health-care system in Ontario.

Throughout all this you may have noticed that the look of The Lung Association has changed. But as you can see through the work we have accomplished, our commitment to Ontarians has never been stronger. All of us – no matter who we are or where we live – need to breathe. It’s the one thing we all share. And that is the cornerstone of our new brand.

As you look through the pages of our annual report, we hope you will see that you are an integral part of our accomplishments. Without the generosity and commitment of our supporters, we could not have come this far.

Now, more than ever, we need to work together to ensure that future generations will not have to deal with the debilitating effects of lung disease. We need to collaborate to make Ontario a better place to breathe for all of who share the air – those who have lung disease and those of us who don’t, and hopefully never will.

Together, we can achieve the breathing breakthroughs of tomorrow.

Sincerely,

George Habib – President & CEO
Bruce Cooke – Board Chair

As we look back on our work in 2016, you’ll see that The Lung Association – Ontario, along with our two professional societies, the Ontario Thoracic Society and the Ontario Respiratory Care Society, have been working hard to address and shine a spotlight on the issue of breathing – an issue that, both as a cause and the life-saving research that supports it, does not get anywhere near the attention and focus it deserves.