Star Anika Noni Rose Speaks Out for Christmas Seals®

(October 9, 2012)

Some have called American Lung Association Christmas Seals® “the little sticker that could,” because of the big impact the little stickers have had on battling lung disease for more than 100 years. You could also call Anika Noni Rose “the fearless star that could” because of her determination to never let asthma stand in the way of her dreams. This holiday season, Anika is lending her voice to the Christmas Seals® campaign and speaking out for healthy lungs across America.

Christmas Seals, holiday stickers used to decorate cards and packages, were first issued by the Lung Association in 1907 to combat tuberculosis. Today, the money raised through the Christmas Seals Campaign helps the Lung Association fight new battles against asthma, lung cancer, influenza, tobacco use, air pollution and more.

Actress, singer, and Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose is serving as the American Lung Association’s 2012 Christmas Seals® Celebrity Chairperson for a second consecutive year.

Anika is a talented and versatile performer who’s made her mark on Broadway in show such as “Caroline, or Change” and “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and hit films like “Dreamgirls” and Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Her television credits include CBS’s “The Good Wife,” ABC’s “Private Practice” and “Company” for PBS.

She was diagnosed with asthma when she was in graduate school. As someone who depended on her voice for her career, she found the diagnosis hard to believe. But later, she recalled, “I was sitting in my living room and I kept hearing a high-pitched whistle – one of those background noises that can drive you batty! I finally realized that it was me. It was my chest that was whistling!”

This marked the beginning of her journey with asthma, and it presents itself as a constant struggle for her health, and her passion for music. Anika manages her asthma every day to make sure it does not get in the way of her successful career.

“I have been working closely with the American Lung Association for several years to do everything I can to help people with asthma better manage their disease,” said Anika. “I know through personal experience what a struggle it can be, but it is possible to lead a healthy and productive life, and I want to share that with others.”

Gifts through Christmas Seals® help fund vital research to discover new treatments and cures for lung diseases that affect almost 34 million people in the U.S. every year. Donations also help support educational programs to help people quit smoking and children never to start, and advocacy efforts to keep our air healthy to breathe.

To learn more about Christmas Seals® and how your donation can help fight for healthy lungs and healthy air, visit www.ChristmasSeals.org.