There are many players on any 'team' that works towards the collective goal of curing and ultimately eradicating a disease. Asthma is no different than many others, as government agencies, private entities, non-profit organizations and even community and support groups all loosely pursue the same goal of fighting a disease that affects more than 20 million people in the United States alone.
Below is a look at a few highly regarded asthma charities, and links will also be provided so that you can get involved and help with the march towards defeating this centuries-old medical foe of many.
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)
The AANMA was founded in 1985 and is a national group of families who have been affected by asthma. The group helps with several different fundraising efforts and also publishes a highly-read newsletter known as "The MA Report" that provides important information for the treatment of and fight against asthma.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA)
The AAFA is an organization that provides community-based information that connects asthma patients and their families as well as organizes advocacy efforts and compiles educational information that can be used on several different fronts. The AAFA was founded in 1953 and continues to grow.
The American Lung Association (ALA)
The American Lung Association's national headquarters is located in New York City, but the ALA has offices in nearly every state in the country. It was originally founded in 1904 and offers aid to other causes and diseases besides asthma, but it's one of the most widely-known and financially successful charitable organizations of its kind. The ALA raises millions of dollars every year in an ongoing effort to fight asthma and other sorts of respiratory illnesses.
National Asthma Foundation (NAF)
The National Asthma Foundation is relatively new to the scene, as it was founded in 2002. Its mission is much like its older counterparts, however, in that it works to raise funds and awareness for those who would benefit from either or both. It's based in Illinois and for now offers a plethora of options for those who need help with asthma online, including discussion forums and resources that are easily searched and indexed.
As you see, the different types of asthma charities in existence in the United States are varied in nature. All you need to do is ascertain the type of help you need and how to go about getting it, and any or all of these charities could possibly be able to help you locate a solution to those needs and perhaps even your long-term goals.