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  • FY15 Annual Report Legacy Giving

How Your Planned Gift will Provide a Better Future for Your Family, Friends and Neighbors

No one should suffer from lung disease. Yet lung disease is growing at a faster rate than any other major disease. With your help through a legacy gift, we will:

  • Fund high-quality research with the goal of uncovering effective prevention and treatment strategies, as well as cures for lung diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and COPD, including emphysema.
  • Defend the Clean Air Act to ensure that all Americans can have air that is safe and healthy to breathe.
  • Hold in-person and online support programs for people with COPD, lung cancer, asthma and other lung diseases to better manage their disease and make important decisions about their health.

Help Us Keep Our Vision Alive… Join the American Lung Association Legacy Society.

The American Lung Association Legacy Society recognizes supporters who have remembered the American Lung Association through their estate plans. The generosity of Legacy Society members helps us continue to fight for a world free of lung disease, and we are deeply grateful for each enduring commitment.

Member Benefits

As a Legacy Society member, you will:

  • Know that your gift will help future generations breathe easier.
  • Be recognized as a member of the Legacy Society.*
  • Be invited to events hosted by your local American Lung Association.*
  • Stay informed about the work of the American Lung Association, nationwide and in your community.

*If you prefer to remain anonymous, we will be happy to respect your wishes.

Inspirational stories from friends and supporters of the American Lung Association

Jane Reardon: A Legacy Gift

Jane Reardon believes the Lung Association is in a position to be a leader in research, advocacy and patient education, thus making a significant difference in the lives of present and future generations of people with lung disease.

Ask Jane Reardon of Granby, Connecticut, why she made a legacy gift to the American Lung Association and she'll tell you it's because she owes where she is in her life to the American Lung Association. But if you hear her story, you realize that the Lung Association owes a lot to her too.

Today, Jane is a valued, volunteer member of both the Lung Association in Connecticut's Leadership Board and American Lung Association National Board of Directors. But her involvement in the Lung Association goes back to the 1970s, when she was early in her nursing career at a respiratory intensive care unit. Over time, she noticed the same patients being admitted to the intensive care unit over and over again.

She became close to many of these patients and their families, and asked the wife of one special COPD patient to bring in his at-home nebulizer and was shocked by its poor, unsanitary condition! She learned that this couple, and many of her other patients had little training or support in maintaining their equipment and managing their lung diseases. That's when she turned to her local American Lung Association and volunteered to work with other nurses on patient education. Over time they wrote a book, "Living with Lung Disease," which was published by the Lung Association in 1975.

Wanting to continue her education, it was a scholarship from the American Lung Association that allowed her to get her Masters from Yale as a Pulmonary Clinical Nurse Specialist.

"It just seems natural to give back, and help the Lung Association continue to help people like all those patients I got to know," said Jane. "Planned giving through my estate was easy, and there are so many ways to do it." She and her late husband both left a legacy gift to the Lung Association in their wills. Jane also named the Lung Association as a beneficiary in her life insurance policy.

"I'll never stop supporting the American Lung Association," said Jane, "And now my legacy gift will help me continue even longer!"

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