About LAM Foundation
The LAM Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM). The LAM Foundation is a rare progressive lung disease that affects females, usually of childbearing age. The disease is characterized by the abnormal growth of smooth muscle, leading to airway obstruction and cystic lesions (blebs) in the lungs. The symptoms of lymphangioleiomyomatosis may include shortness of breath, coughing, and/or difficulty breathing (dyspnea), especially following periods of exercise or exertion. Affected individuals may experience repeated episodes of chest pain due to fluid accumulations around the lungs (pleural effusions), potentially resulting in collapse of a lung (pneumothorax). The exact cause of lymphangioleiomyomatosis is not known. Founded in 1995, the organization believes that the cause of the disease will be uncovered by scientific research. The LAM Foundation’s main objectives are to support efforts by the scientific community to develop better methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment; to undertake activities that will increase the amount of funding nationwide to support research on LAM; and to serve as an information resource to women affected by LAM and their families.