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Laura Dern On How Her Properly-Being Routine Has Modified Amid The Pandemic

On the long list of causes and organizations Laura supports with gusto, she has teamed up with the American Lung Association (ALA) and CVS Health to raise funds for COVID-19 research, and support messaging to keep communities safe. Laura initially started working with the ALA in 2015. She feels deeply connected to their initiative, since her grandfather passed away from lung cancer when she was a young child, as did her close family friend, actress Valerie Harper. What’s more, “My mother has had environmental lung health issues in the last several years, and I’ve continued to learn from the ALA to be more protective for my own mom, while I’m also able to be of service to others,” she says, “particularly at a time like this with COVID-19.”

Laura especially appreciates how, in addition to raising research funds, the ALA is working with CVS to promote awareness about COVID-19 and provide free testing sites, particularly in communities that are most vulnerable. “At a time when we are palpably aware of the disparity and injustice in Black and Latino communities that deserve support, and as the numbers show us, the most vulnerable when it comes to COVID-19,” she says, “the ALA is continuing to support and push that much further in their ongoing work in diverse communities to support lung health.”

Ultimately, in the midst of global hardship, Laura is focusing on creating change for the future. “I hope we all can continue to inspire each other,” she says. “People get tired and disillusioned, but we’re all doing this together, we’re in this together.”

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