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Fighting for a LAM Diagnosis and Now a Cure

Posted on August 05, 2022   |   

For seven years, I continually searched for answers because I knew something was wrong with my health. I had a hard time breathing and started coughing up blood clots with exertion or exercise. I went to several pulmonologists, but no one could find anything. On a family trip to Greece in 2014, I had a severe episode while swimming with my daughters. I couldn’t breathe, I became dizzy and almost passed out.  I spent two days in bed without being able to move. The

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Matching Gifts: An Easy Way to Multiply Your Gift

Posted on October 20, 2021   |   

When Jennifer Fujikawa was diagnosed with LAM in 2015, she reached out to The LAM Foundation for online information, resources, and patient support programs. Since then, the Foundation has been Jennifer’s source of hope – and the LAM community is like her extended family. Jennifer is an active fundraiser for the Foundation, writing letters to friends and family to tell her story and ask for their help to find a cure for LAM.

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Topics: Fundraising Matching Gifts        Categories: Educational Resources
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Fundraising Simplified: Francine Kalogerou

Posted on July 24, 2019   |   
Author: A. Bloomer

Francine Kalogerou was diagnosed with LAM in February 2019 and instead of letting that define her, it helped her find a new perspective on life. In her own words, "I don’t know what the future holds for me, but I do know I have today. Yesterday is gone. The future hasn't happened yet. Looking at life and my situation positively is making all the difference in the world." With this positivity, Francine decided to take action and host a walk-a-thon benefiting The LAM Foundation. 

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Topics: Fundraising LAMChampion        Categories: Events
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Fundraising Simplified: Elizabeth Hardy

Posted on July 16, 2019   |   
Author: A. Bloomer

For her birthday, Elizabeth Hardy decided that instead of receiving gifts from her friends and family, she wanted to do something with a little more meaning. It was a big birthday for Elizabeth as she was not only turning 60, but it was also the 25th year since receiving her LAM diagnosis. She wanted to take this opportunity to ask her closest friends to join her for a brunch to celebrate and donate to The LAM Foundation as their birthday “gift”. Much to Elizabeth’s surprise, nearly everyone she told about her fundraiser sent a donation to The LAM Foundation in her honor.  

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Topics: Fundraising LAMChampion        Categories: Events
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Spaghetti for LAM: Fundraising Q&A with Alyssa Ciano

Posted on March 28, 2019   |   

Alyssa Ciano is a high school student from Senora, California who came up with a creative way to raise money for LAM: A spaghetti dinner! Here, she shares how she became involved with The LAM Foundation, why she chose to fundraise, and what made her event successful. 

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Topics: Fundraising        Categories: Events
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From $500 to $5,000: Rachel Faleide’s Phenomenal Facebook Fundraising

Posted on January 31, 2019   |   

In August 2018, Rachel Faleide, MSN, FNP-C was diagnosed with LAM. In September 2018, she decided to share her diagnosis with friends and family by starting a Facebook fundraiser for The LAM Foundation. Rachel’s initial goal was to raise $500. In just weeks, she smashed that goal by raising over $5,000! Here, she shares the story behind her fundraising success.  

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Topics: Facebook Fundraising        Categories: News
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