Christmas Seals® Celebrity Chairperson Kathryn Joosten

Emmy-Award Winning Actress and Lung Cancer Survivor Supports 2010 Christmas Seals Campaign

(November 16, 2010)

Christmas Seals® Celebrity Chairperson Kathryn Joosten

The American Lung Association is proud to announce its 2010 Christmas Seals® Celebrity Chairperson today, Emmy-award winning actress and lung cancer survivor, Kathryn Joosten. 

You may know her as Mrs. McClusky on ABC’s Desperate Housewives, a role that has earned her two Emmys. Or you may remember her as Mrs. Landingham, secretary to President of the United States, on the NBC drama, The West Wing. But this holiday season, she also wants you to know her as a lung cancer survivor and enthusiastic advocate for American Lung Association Christmas Seals.

“I feel extremely lucky to not only be a successful actor but also to be a survivor of lung cancer,” said Ms. Joosten.  “It is an honor to be this year’s Christmas Seals Celebrity Chairperson.  I want to encourage anyone affected by lung disease to make a donation to support the American Lung Association.  The money raised will support its mission of preventing lung disease and protecting lung health.”  

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 lung cancer, influenza, asthma, tobacco use, air pollution and more. 

Throughout the history of the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals Campaign, celebrities and entertainers ranging from Cary Grant and Shirley Temple to Bob Hope and Cybil Shepherd have all lent their time and talents to raise visibility for the more than century old fundraising campaign.

“We are thrilled that Kathryn Joosten is helping the American Lung Association raise visibility for this year’s Christmas Seals Campaign,” said Charles D. Connor, President and CEO of the American Lung Association.  “Kathryn’s own personal battle with and victory over lung cancer makes her a genuinely passionate spokesperson when it comes to preventing lung disease and protecting lung health,” he continued.

Want to learn more about Christmas Seals? Just visit www.ChristmasSeals.org.  There, you can see a gallery of Seals past, shop for festive Christmas Seals merchandise or send an e-card to a loved one?  While there, we invite you to visit the “share your story” and tell others how Christmas Seals have become part of your holiday tradition.

Gift merchandise includes vintage products like wrapping paper, adhesive gift tags, lapel pins and holiday ornaments.  New products this year include a Christmas Seals apron, sugar cookie mix and cookie cutters.   Proceeds from the sale of all these items will help support the mission of the Lung Association.