At BREATHE SOCAL, lung health is at the forefront of our mission. With recent news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) affecting many of our communities across California, we make it a priority to share these helpful resources and tips to keep our families safe and healthy.
Amid this crisis, we have hope. Your sustained commitment to our work has made it possible for BREATHE SOCAL to provide critical programming during this crisis.

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April 10, 2020 by BREATHE LA

As I read more headlines about the pandemic, my thoughts remain with you and the well-being of my loved ones, colleagues, and many communities we serve at BREATHE LA.

Families living with chronic lung diseases such as asthma often face stressful and difficult questions like, “Can using a nebulizer increase the possibility of spreading the COVID-19 virus to my family?”

Those living with asthma and their caregivers may face stress and anxiety, as they have a higher risk for a poorer prognosis if diagnosed with COVID-19. That is why BREATHE LA offers chronic lung disease education, to keep families updated on current COVID-19 news and advise families that every effort should be made to practice social distancing when taking medications through a nebulizer.

Stress and anxiety brought on by COVID-19 can be overwhelming for all of our communities. Here are a few helpful tips from the World Health Organization that I hope will help you and your friends and family during this difficult time:

As we learn to cope with stress and continue to overcome the challenges we face during this crisis, your commitment to BREATHE LA has made it possible for us to serve families living with chronic lung disease.

Consider making a meaningful gift online to help BREATHE LA continue to create hope for those living with asthma.

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe.

In Health,

Marc Carrel
President & CEO
BREATHE LA

P.S. Share what brings you hope on social media. Tag us @breathelac and #breatheinhope to spread hope throughout the month of April.

April 2, 2020 by BREATHE LA

In celebration of National Hope Month, I wanted to share with you what gives me hope.

Here at BREATHE LA I am grateful for the support of our remarkable Board Members, kind Donors, and committed Volunteers. I am inspired by our incredible staff that are creating solutions every day to provide life changing programs to our communities living with chronic lung disease.

COVID-19 restrictions may prevent us from providing in-person programming, but it will NOT stop us from serving those in need.

Already, BREATHE LA is working hard to:

  • Provide educational workshops, presentations, and training virtually to our community partners.
  • Create solutions to provide virtual patient support and education to children, families, and seniors living with chronic lung diseases.
  • Partner with influential organizations such as the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide tobacco and vaping prevention presentations online to parents and schools across Los Angeles County. (There is growing evidence suggesting that smoking and vaping exacerbates outcomes for those with COVID-19).

Amid this crisis, I have hope. Your sustained commitment to our work has made it possible for BREATHE LA to provide critical programming during this crisis.

Share with us what brings you hope by tagging us on social media @breathelac with the hashtag #BreatheInHope, and consider making a meaningful gift online to help BREATHE LA continue to create hope for those living with chronic lung disease.

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe.

In Health,

Marc Carrel
President & CEO
BREATHE LA

P.S. Share what brings you hope on social media. Tag us @breathelac and #breatheinhope to spread hope throughout the month of April.

March 26, 2020 by BREATHE LA

As our team at BREATHE LA continues to monitor federal and local updates on COVID-19, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

The coronavirus is the subject everywhere, from newspaper articles to Facebook groups, to the virtual classrooms many children are now using in place of going to school. As my family practices social distancing, my middle daughter recently asked me, “Daddy, what’s going to happen?”

With questions arising, not just about health, but about jobs, income, the economy, and the evolving impact the situation has on our communities and families; it’s important that we address how we talk about these issues with our children.

Here is a helpful video with tips on how we can address the issue with our families:

Please know that BREATHE LA will continue to share resources with you to help keep your family and our communities informed about the issue. We’re still here to support you, and together we can overcome the challenges brought on by COVID-19.

We need each other more than ever before. Here’s how we can help one another: consider making a gift now in support of BREATHE LA.

Thank you for your continued support. We will keep you informed as we take additional action.

In Health,

Marc Carrel
President & CEO
BREATHE LA

P.S. Here are other ways you can help, visit Ways to Give at breathela.org.

March 24, 2020 by BREATHE LA

During this difficult time, BREATHE LA is committed to providing patient support programs about lung health to under-served children and families across Southern California. As our nation bands together to combat the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), BREATHE LA continues to place the health and well-being of our communities at the forefront of our work.

Now more than ever we need your help to continue to reach children and families living with chronic lung diseases; those most at risk of more severe symptoms and worse outcomes if they contract COVID-19.

BREATHE LA is working hard to provide patient management and educational services to families with childhood asthma in our Lung Power Program. In Los Angeles County alone, pediatric asthma cases result in more than 20,000 emergency room visits and almost 3,000 hospitalizations each year. Many of these visits are avoidable through education.

I ask that you consider making a meaningful gift to help BREATHE LA continue to provide resources to at risk families living with asthma. You can help break the cycle of emergency room visits by making a simple donation below that will give one family the education they need.

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Thank you for making a difference in helping us reach one more family with asthma education to prevent one less emergency room visit.

In Health,

Marc Carrel
President & CEO
BREATHE LA

P.S. Thank you for your consideration in donating to help those children and families most at risk. Keep yourself informed on COVID-19 by following us on social media @breathelac.