Live Better with Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a pilot project of the American Thoracic Society and the Gawlicki Family Foundation to increase public awareness of pulmonary rehabilitation. Our mission is to inform and educate individuals with chronic lung disease about the potential benefits of pulmonary rehabilitation.

American Thoracic Society

The American Thoracic Society (ATS) improves global health by advancing research, patient care, and public health in pulmonary disease, critical illness, and sleep disorders. Founded in 1905 to combat tuberculosis, the ATS has grown to tackle asthma, COPD, lung cancer, sepsis, acute respiratory distress, and sleep apnea, among other diseases.

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Gawlicki Family Foundation

The Gawlicki Family Foundation is an independently-funded, 501(c)(3) private foundation headquartered in Hartford, CT. Established in 2012 by Mary and Ted Gawlicki, the Foundation offers focused grants to Connecticut and New England-based non-profits, committed to transformative change in the areas of education, pulmonary health, and municipal and economic development. Since its inception, the Gawlicki Family Foundation has awarded nearly $2.5 million to over 30 organizations, upholding the Foundation’s belief that private dollars power public progress. 

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American Lung Association

As the nation’s leading voluntary health organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, the American Lung Association has resources and support for the more than 35 million Americans that live with chronic lung disease.  Our Better Breathers Club program has been connecting people living with lung disease to education, support and each other in communities around the country for over 40 years.  In the over 500 in-person support groups throughout the United States you can learn better ways to cope with lung conditions such as COPD, pulmonary fibrosis, and asthma while getting the support of others in similar situations. Better Breathers Club offers a fun and stimulating combination of guest speakers, problem-solving discussions, and social activities. Led by trained facilitators, these in-person adult support groups give you the tools you need to stay active and healthy, living the best quality of life you can. 

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