The Emily Bissell Heritage Society

The Emily Bissell Heritage Society was created to recognize those supporters who have remembered the American Lung Association in their estate plans. We would greatly appreciate your joining this special group and helping us keep our vision alive for a world free of lung disease.

Member Benefits:Emily Bissell

  • You will know that your gift today will help future generations breathe easier.
  • You will be invited to events hosted by the American Lung Association in California.
  • You will be kept informed about the work of the American Lung Association, nationwide and in your community.
  • You will be listed as a member of the Society in American Lung Association publications (unless you prefer to remain anonymous).
  • You will receive a special memento as an expression of our thanks and appreciation.

Emily Bissell created the first Christmas Seal in 1907 as a way to raise the $300 needed to keep her cousin's tuberculosis (TB) sanatorium open so the patients would not be sent home to die or spread the disease to other people. With the endorsement of President Theodore Roosevelt, Emily raised $3,000 that holiday season for the fight against TB. Consequently, she devoted the rest of her life to the anti-tuberculosis movement

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Special Bequest Language

The official bequest language for the American Lung Association is:

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to the American Lung Association in California, with headquarters offices at 424 Pendleton Way, Oakland, CA 94621, [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] to be used or disposed of as its Board of Directors in its sole discretion and purpose deems appropriate."

Our Federal tax ID # is: 94-0362650.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, your gift will be kept completely confidential. But at the same time, recognition of your gift can encourage others to do the same. Whatever the case, we will honor your wishes, because we appreciate your support immensely.

The American Lung Association in California would be pleased to provide additional information to you or your attorney, accountant or tax advisor.

If you would like more information on how to make a bequest, please contact:

Jan Cortez, MPH
Senior Director, Major Gifts