Mission Moment October - 2016
(October 14, 2016)
Vice President Biden presents Cancer Moonshot Task Force Report, Recognizes American Lung Association Leadership
On Monday, our National President and CEO Harold Wimmer was in Washington, D.C., for Vice President Joe Biden's presentation on the Cancer Moonshot Task Force report. The report summarizes the work of the Cancer Moonshot Task Force since its creation in January, and lays out the Vice President's strategic plan for transforming cancer research and care. Many of the strategic goals outlined in the report closely align with the mission and goals of the American Lung Association, including catalyzing new scientific breakthroughs, unleashing the power of data, accelerating bringing new therapies to patients, strengthening prevention and diagnosis and improving patience access and care. The report also lists as a success the National Radon Action Plan, led by the American Lung Association and developed with national partners, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and several industry and health advocacy organizations, to significantly reduce radon exposure, the second leading cause of lung cancer. The report highlighted the need for Medicaid smoking cessation coverage for all and we are pushing hard to ensure that every smoker has access to smoking cessation. Harold was also able to speak with Vice President Biden about how the Lung Association and its LUNG FORCE initiative is utilizing the Cancer Moonshot as an opportunity to build collaborations and co-fund more lung cancer research, such as the Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team. To learn more, read the Cancer Moonshot Task Force report and the fact sheet.
Advancing Lung Cancer Research: Through a new collaboration with Stand Up To Cancer and the LUNGevity Foundation, the American Lung Association has announced its largest single investment in lung cancer research to date – the Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team. The Dream Team was announced during the Stand Up To Cancer live telecast on September 9. Read our blog post to learn more about our Dream Team! We are also partnering with the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation to co-fund the new Momentum Research Award: Defeating Lung Cancer in Women to support innovative and transformational research with the potential for high clinical impact in diagnostic and treatment options for lung cancer in women. Our commitment to easing the burden of lung cancer has never been stronger.
Join a LUNG FORCE Walk to support women's lung health! LUNG FORCE Walk season is well underway. We need your help to fight lung cancer and protect lung health. Find a LUNG FORCE Walk near you to support lung cancer research, education and advocacy – form a team and invite your friends and if you can't make it, sign up to fundraise virtually!
LUNG FORCE Hero: 64-year-old Joann D. is defiant in the face of stage 4 adenocarcinoma. She says, "I may have cancer, but cancer doesn't have me!"
Rally for Medical Research:
The Lung Association was proud to once again co-sponsor the Rally for Medical Research on Thursday, September 22, where more than 300 organizations came together to raise awareness among Congressional members about the importance of continued investments at the National Institutes of Health. Want to learn more? Watch the three-year history of the Rally.
Freedom From Smoking® Plus: In order to continue providing the most comprehensive and effective smoking cessation program in the country, the Lung Association unveiled Freedom From Smoking® Plus an interactive, online quit-smoking that includes activities, videos, quizzes and more. Over the course of nine sessions, users create a personalized quit plan, learn about medications to help them quit, get through the rough patches and transition to a new smokefree lifestyle with the support of the Lung HelpLine and our online support community. See FreedomFromSmoking.org in action on your desktop, tablet or smartphone and share this new tool with friends and loved ones that want to quit smoking.
No Backroom Deals for Tobacco or Polluters: On September 7, we staged a national call-in day, urging Americans to call their members of Congress and tell them "No Backroom Deals for Tobacco or Polluters.” Some members of Congress are trying to use dangerous policy provisions—called riders—to important funding bills that would benefit polluters and the tobacco industry. If you weren't able to make your call, please raise your voice now. We appreciate your support so that the Federal Drug Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency can continue their efforts to improve public health.
Defending the Clean Power Plan: On September 27, the Lung Association joined with others to defend the Clean Power Plan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, which heard arguments in the legal challenges to the plan from the many intervenors in the case. The Clean Power Plan will cut carbon pollution from power plants, helping to limit the health impacts of climate change, and save lives by reducing other harmful pollutants at the same time. Whatever the outcome, the case is likely to be appealed to the Supreme Court. The Lung Association applauds the states moving forward with plans to comply, and calls on all other states to act now to limit carbon pollution from power plants.
Health Professionals' Declaration on Climate Change: Also in September, the Lung Association released a "Health Professionals' Declaration on Climate Change," underscoring the importance of protecting public health from climate change. The Declaration was signed by 1,300 health and medical professionals from all 50 states, and declared the signers' commitment to addressing climate change in order to protect human health. Lung Association staff across the country helped recruit signers and promote the Declaration's release, along with other national health and medical organizations.
Ask the Lung Expert: During the week of November 14, the American Lung Association will host an "Ask the Lung Expert Series: Living with COPD” on Inspire. Mark Courtney, a respiratory therapist and counselor at the Lung HelpLine, will be answering patient and caregiver questions in honor of COPD Awareness Month. Sign up for a free membership to this online support community and join the conversation at Inspire.com.
Time to Get Vaccinated for the Flu: Flu season is here and vaccination is your best prevention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Learn more about the flu [link to top story] and get quick tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones.
EACH BREATH BLOG
Our EACH Breath blog has launched an inspiring new series called #TheDayIQuit by guest bloggers who all quit smoking for good with the help of our Freedom From Smoking® cessation program. Also, if your life was disrupted by Hurricane Mathew, or other recent extreme weather, check out our blog post on how to protect your health in the aftermath of flooding.
Did you get your American Lung Association Christmas Seals® packet? Your support through Christmas Seals is another way to show you care about healthy air, healthy lungs and a healthier America. The Smithsonian National Postal Museum recently launched an online exhibit about the U.S. mailing industry, including a section that chronicled the story of Christmas Seals, from our earliest days fighting tuberculosis to today as we continue to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.