Some prominent patient advocacy groups include the LIVESTRONG Foundation, Amputee Coalition of America, Lupus Foundation of America and National Multiple Sclerosis Society, states the National Health Council. Others include the Colon Cancer Alliance, March of Dimes, Parkinson's Action Network, and Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. These and many other organizations dedicated to a broad range of illnesses and disabilities work to improve the lives and protect the health of individuals diagnosed with their target conditions.
Lance Armstrong created the LIVESTRONG Foundation in 1977, explains the National Health Council. The foundation provides cancer patients and their caregivers with free support services designed to assist them with emotional, financial and practical challenges.
The Amputee Coalition of America focuses on improving patient care and quality of life for people with missing limbs, explains the coalition's website. The coalition also promotes ways to prevent limb loss. It works to help amputees have a say in matters that impact their lives.
The Lupus Foundation of America promotes lupus education, quality of life improvements for patients, and medical research to expand doctors' understanding of the condition, notes the foundation's website. The foundation has the specific goals of reducing the amount of time it takes patients to receive a diagnosis, making care more accessible, and ensuring a range of safe and effective treatment options are available to patients.