The Lung Association-Ontario

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Year Joined Federated Health Charities: 1984
Amount Received by Federated Health in 2016: $87,376
Amount Spent on Client Services in 2016: $7,500,000
Number of Cases in Ontario: 2.4 million

Main Office Address

18 Wynford Dr., Suite 401
Toronto, ON M3C 0K8

Contact Information

Tel: 1-888-344-5864 (LUNG)
Fax: 416-864-9916

Website

www.on.lung.ca

Mission

To be the recognized leader, voice and primary resource in lung health to enable all people to breathe with ease.

Vision

To improve lung health

Values

  • We believe our employees and volunteers are our greatest resources and as such we are committed to providing a passionate, well-managed organization known for its integrity, honesty and trusting relationships.
  • We believe our clients and donors must be treated with the utmost respect, dignity, grace and sensitivity.
  • We believe that research is critical to successfully combat lung disease.
  • We believe all who breathe with difficulty, as well as those who breathe with ease, will be empowered through our provision of quality, up-to-date information on respiratory health.
  • We believe we are a professional organization that seeks out best practices in all we do and upholds the principles of due diligence in the protection of our assets, and maintains the highest possible ethical standards.

We do this by:

  • Concentrating our efforts in lung health in the following areas: asthma, smoking-related diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and air quality.
  • Providing accurate, timely and quality information and education programs to a range of audiences, including people who suffer from lung disease and their families, youth, health care providers and the general public and government.
  • Providing for and using ongoing research to support our work and our activities.
  • Supporting medical research studies into lung disease.
  • Raising funds from all legitimate sources.
  • Abiding by all regulatory rules relating to charitable organizations.
  • Ensuring the prudent management of all funds entrusted to us.

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Larry has been going to the Ontario Lung Association’s pulmonary maintenance exercise program in Ottawa for 15 years – and he’s not going to stop now just because he’s the happy owner of a pair of healthy, new lungs.Larry, a former Parole Board of Canada employee, was still in his 30s when he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). By the time he received what he calls his “miraculous gift” – a double lung transplant – in October 2012, he had been on supplemental oxygen for four years, on the transplant waiting list for almost two years and his ailing lungs were at a dangerously low 12 per cent capacity.“The exercise classes saved my life,” Larry says of the sessions supervised by Ontario Lung Association respiratory therapist Rosario Holmes. “They kept me going until I got the transplant.”The exercise program helps patients to maintain and improve their muscle strength and aerobic fitness. They also learn breathing techniques to cope with breathlessness. For people living with COPD and other lung conditions, this means fewer flare-ups, fewer hospital visits and better mobility.Since the transplant, Larry’s vastly improved lung capacity means he’s doing things he hasn’t done in years. “A few years ago, I couldn’t get up my stairs,” he said. “Now I can go out walking, attend social events – I’ve got my life back.”One thing that hasn’t changed is his exercise routine – four times a week he’ll still be found working out with the Ontario Lung Association group. “The exercises have helped me to rebuild after my surgery,” he says, “but the main reason I go is to be a mentor to the new members.“For people who are on the waiting list for a lung transplant, it helps to be able to talk to someone who’s been there. For me, it’s a way to say thank-you and to give back.”

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