Star Anika Noni Rose Speaks Out for Christmas Seals

(October 19, 2011)

Anika Noni Rose

The holiday season is here, and for many, the season just wouldn’t be the same without American Lung Association Christmas Seals®. This year, Broadway, film and television star Anika Noni Rose is sharing the story of her struggle with asthma to support Christmas Seals and their century old fight against lung disease.

Anika joins a long list of celebrities and entertainers ranging from Cary Grant and Shirley Temple to Cybill Shepherd and Will Smith who have lent their time and talents in support of the Lung Association’s holiday fundraiser.

Anika is the star of such Broadway shows 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 HBO’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and most recently CBS’s The Good Wife.

Anika’s battle with asthma started in graduate school, when she was officially diagnosed with the disease.

“It’s easy to take breathing for granted, but when I was diagnosed with asthma, I learned that every breath is precious,” she said. “My asthma is under control now, and doesn’t slow me down. I’m speaking out, on behalf of the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals® Campaign, to make sure that lung disease never stands in the way of anyone and their dreams.”

Christmas Seals, holiday stamps 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.

“Your gift can help fund vital research to find new treatments and hopefully, cures for lung diseases that affect 37 million people in the U.S. every year,” says Anika. “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