Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
  is sudden, life-threatening lung failure
ARDS affects 200,000 people in the US each year
and 2,000,000 people globally
Almost half will die from ARDS,
survivors may have long term health problems

We bring attention to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome


We provide support to affected familes



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Help keep the ARDS Family Support Forums open #ARDSglobal

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Our Charity Causes

We are currently supporting the following causes


Family Support

Affected families desperately need support. Help keep our online forums and call center operatin

Needed Donation $5000

In Chicago


Keep the Lights On

Your contribution will help sustain the ARDS Foundation. We have lost loved ones to ARDS so we kno

Needed Donation $2000

In Chicago


Join Team Anne

Help Anne Mahlum’s family and friends raise funds for medical research of ARDS. Anne Mahlum

Needed Donation $200000

In Chicago

Our Urgent Causes

Keep the Lights On
Needed Donation 75%
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Let's Teach the World About ARDS

SPONSOR the ARDS Foundation

Your funds will be used to help educate about ARDS, advocate for health care changes, and provide support for survivors of ARDS and their families - thank you for your generous support.


ARDS Events

Some of our past and future events. Watch this space for details.

Nov 26, 2015

ARDS Bags Tournament

3330 Dundee Rd. Ste. C4 Northbrook, IL 60062, USA

Join together for a night of fun and games while supporting ARDS. We have found

Sep 20, 2015

Hike For Lung Health

1440 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago, IL 60606, USA

Come support the ARDS Foundation at the annual Hike For Lung Health sponsored by

Jun 19, 2016

Kane County Cougars Baseball Game

Join us for a baseball game and donate to ARDS Foundation. Tickets are $11, and

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Recent, real-life stories from our ARDS community. Click to see more stories.


Making a difference at work!

Making a difference! Tanya is a teacher at a school in New Jersey.  When the opportunity came up for Tanya to raise awareness for ARDS, she organized a way for her co-workers to help her!  Tanya is


Shannon- ARDS Survivor

My story begins late December after Christmas with my family in Colorado. I had flown back to California, my state of residence for the past 10 years. I was back on the truck driving long-haul as this

acute care

Gene Bass – ARDS Survivor

In January of 2000, Gene Bass heard the term "ARDS" for the first time in his life. It was one week after his Mom Geri had been admitted to the hospital for flu like symptoms. Her doctors told us she


Dee Storey, ARDS Survivor

Dee’s ARDS experience began on April 14, 2000, with an emergency call to 911. Until this time, Dee had been in good health, working as a professor of teacher education at Saginaw Valley State Univer