I Do Foundation

When Barry and Angie Ceridan were planning their wedding three-and-a-half years ago, they decided to request gifts that are not usually found on a traditional wedding registry.

Instead, the Louisville, Kentucky couple asked their guests to help improve the life of those living with lung disease by making donations to the American Lung Association.

"Angie was reading a bridal magazine and saw the idea of having donations made to charities," Barry Ceridan said. "I thought it was a great idea. We were blending two households and didn't need anymore stuff." Ceridan said the process was easy. All the couple had to do was print on their invitations that they were asking for donations in lieu of gifts and their guests did the rest. "Some gave us gifts anyway," Ceridan said with a laugh. "But, the majority of our guests made donations."

The donations totaled roughly $8,000 which the American Lung Association used towards research, education and outreach efforts. To acknowledge the generous giving, the association sent "thank you" notes to contributors outlining how the money might be used.

For more information on how to include the American Lung Association in your wedding plans, contact the organization at 800-231-LUNG or email Midland@MidlandLung.org