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





ARDS Foundation appointed to the American Thoracic Societies Public Advisory Roundtable

Paula Blonski, Co-Founder of the ARDS was recently appointed to the American Thoracic Societies Public Advisory Roundtable. The ATS Public [...]

ARDS Foundation attends Aspen Lung Conference

We recently attended the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference in Aspen, Colorado. The conference was dedicated to lung transplants [...]

ARDS Foundation presents at Capital Hill Briefing, D.C., on Critical Care Illness

Recently, Eileen Rubin, President of the ARDS Foundation, ATS Vice President Marc Moss, M.D., and Secretary-Treasurer Polly Parsons, M.D., along [...]

ARDS Foundation participates in DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

Peer review advocate Eileen Rubin recently participated in the evaluation of research applications submitted to the Peer Reviewed Medical Research [...]

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.

Our Charity Causes

We are currently supporting the following causes

Join Team Anne

Help Anne Mahlum’s family and friends raise funds for medical research of ARDS. Anne Mahlum grew up in Florida, the [...]

Keep the Lights On

Your contribution will help sustain the ARDS Foundation. We have lost loved ones to ARDS so we know how vital [...]

Family Support

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

Participate in the ARDS Community

ARDS Events

Some of our past and future events.

Save the Date! ARDS Foundation’s 15th Anniversary Gala

September 17, 2016: Please save the date and join us in celebrating our 15th Anniversary! Invitations with details going out soon! [...]

Kane County Cougars Baseball Game

19-06-2016: Join us for a baseball game and donate to ARDS Foundation. Tickets are $11, and 50% is donated to [...]

Hike For Lung Health

20-09-2015: Come support the ARDS Foundation at the annual Hike For Lung Health sponsored by the Respiratory Health Association You [...]

Even those who recover from ARDS don’t recover 100%

There is hope however – help fund research now.

ARDS Stories

Real-life stories from our ARDS community. Click to see more stories.

Mark A Lowery – ARDS Survivor

ARDS Stories, ARDS Survivor|

Mark A. Lowery, an attorney in Boston, Massachusetts, battled ARDS in August-September 1998 following emergency gall bladder surgery. Mark’s gall [...]

Silvana Breur – ARDS Survivor

ARDS Stories, ARDS Survivor|

Silvana Breur, who lives in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, is thankful. In February, 2003, Silvana went to the hospital for her [...]

Constantine P. Peterson – In Memoriam

ARDS In Memoriam, ARDS Stories|

Dorothy Stuff, Constantine P. Peterson’s daughter will tell you that her father had never been sick; he always was strong [...]

Jacob Irwin – In Memoriam

ARDS In Memoriam, ARDS Kids Stories, ARDS Stories|

The World is a Poorer Place: On November 22, 2006, ten year old Jacob landed on his head after falling [...]