EFFORTS — PO Box 20241
Kansas City, MO 64195–0241
Phone: 1–866–END–COPD
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EFFORTS Our Origin Position and Structure

About Us

The Origin of EFFORTS: A description of how our list was started and how we perceive our association.

The Official Position of EFFORTS: What we are trying to accomplish.

The Official Goals of EFFORTS: How we expect to work in accomplishing the above goals.

Group Structure of EFFORTS: How we work and make decisions about our programs and goals and functions of our list.

Welcome to EFFORTS! Welcome message, conduct guidelines and disclaimer message.

Executive Board and Teams: (Updated 11/23/2021) The Board and those who are involved in special activities to help us to meet our goals.

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Previous Events

2012: June 2012 NHLBI Public Interest Org Notes

2012: June 2012 NHLBI PIO Public Advisory Board Notes

2012: 2012 ATS:Hyperinflation in COPD

2012: 2012 ATS: Pulmonary Rehab Across Spectrum of Diseases

2011: Dec 2011 DC COPD Conf Photos

2011: LTOT Conf Report 2011

2005: Photos from Denver LTOT

EFFORTS Family Gatherings

EFFORTS in the News

EFFORTS Newsletters

Our Neighbours: We have many folks that are members of our group that are living in other countries that, in many instances, are very different with their medical charges/costs and of course service and availability of same. They have given us some background on their own country.

Who Are We?

The people of EFFORTS are Tall, Short, Skinny, Fat. We are young and we are old. We come in all colors, races, and religion. We are educated and uneducated. We come from all professions and jobs. We are civilian and Military. We are Americans and citizens of other countries. We have all types of personalities. Some of us are pretty tough and others of us are very fragile. After all, we are human.

We have learned that none of these things have anything to do with how we feel for one another. All of a sudden it just doesn’t matter if you have a Lincoln or ride the bus. Your color, your accent, your language all of the things that many people judge others by just don’t matter. Why? Because we are human.

We Laugh together. We cry together. We hurt for one another as well as our care givers. We learn from each other and we teach each other. We irritate others from time to time just like anyone would if they spend as much time together as we do. Since we are all humans, we sometimes hurt our brothers and sisters. Sometimes on purpose because we are hurting, but most of the time because we don’t watch what we are saying. After all, we are human.

We are learning to understand that tomorrow, one or more of us may not be here. We don’t want it to be us, but we don’t want it to be any of our brothers or sisters. Sure we are selfish, but after all, we are human.

Why are we the way we are? Why do so many things that are important to the rest of the world seem so meaningless to us? It’s very simple, we have a common enemy and we have a common goal. The eradication of Emphysema and other related lung diseases. We are all in the same boat. And we are all human.

With God's help, one day these diseases will no longer exist and we can continue on through life, just being human.

— Written by member, John Strong on February 20, 1999.