For 117 Years, the Leading Respiratory Hospital in the Nation

The Fund to Cure Asthma (FTCA) was founded and created by Nancy & James Berry Hill and Marjorie & Stephen Raphael in 1994 to secure resources for basic and clinical research related to understanding, treating and eventually conquering this widespread, debilitating and sometimes often disease.

FTCA supports work at National Jewish Health, the leading respiratory institute in the nation. We have broken ground with discoveries that impact and improve the lives of asthma patients around the world.

Impressed by the level of excellence in medical treatment and compassionate patient care at National Jewish Health, the founders of FTCA set a goal of raising $14 million to strengthen research efforts at National Jewish Health. The goal includes endowing six departmental chairs: Pediatric Asthma, Adult Asthma, Asthma Research, Pediatric Allergy, Adult Allergy and Basic Immunology, to help to ensure that National Jewish Health will stay at the forefront of asthma research and treatment.

National Jewish Health is committed to educating the next generation of leaders in research and care. Through fellowships, lectures and publications, our faculty have provided knowledge for tens of thousands of professionals around the globe. In addition, we offer a variety of unique programs for consumers, including Lung Line®, a free information service that has answered millions of phone calls and emails since it was established in 1983 (800.222.LUNG).


A Few Facts About Asthma

  • Asthma affects more than 25 million Americans, nearly 9.6 million of whom are children, making asthma the most common chronic childhood illness.

  • Asthma prevalence has increased 75 percent in the last 20 years, and continues to rise, especially in children.

  • Asthma is the third ranking cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15; it is the first ranking cause among chronic conditions.

  • Asthma is the number one cause of school absences attributed to a chronic condition – more than 14 million school days are missed every year as a result of asthma.

  • Direct health care costs for asthma in the United States total more than $30 billion annually. More than 3,400 adults and 250 children in the United States die each year from asthma.

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