I’m supporting the ARDS Foundation (www.ardsusa.org) because I lost my father to ARDS in 2005. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) is a condition that severely degrades the lungs’ ability to function and is often caused by a prior trauma or illness – in my father’s case it was pneumonia. Despite the fact that more than 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with it every year and the mortality rate is about 40%, very little is known about exactly what causes ARDS and there is no proven therapy to treat the disorder.
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