'Tis the Season for Christmas Seals

American Lung Association Reminds New Yorkers to Support Lung Health

(November 11, 2008)

(New York, NY) – This holiday season, the American Lung Association of New York reminds New Yorkers of the importance of giving to the fight for lung health with the recent unveiling of the 101st Christmas Seals holiday stamp. Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic Gold Medalist and most recent winner of Dancing With the Stars, has been named chairperson for the 2008 campaign, which raises funds to support the vital work of the Association.

An annual holiday tradition for more than a century, the Christmas Seals campaign began in 1907 when the American Lung Association led efforts to conquer tuberculosis. Today, the Association is fighting new battles against air pollution and various lung diseases, including asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), lung cancer and influenza.

"We encourage New Yorkers to be generous this year to support lung health," said Louise Vetter, Chief Executive Officer of the American Lung Association of New York. "Flu season, which claims the lives of 2,300 New Yorkers and accounts for more than 13,000 hospitalizations each year, is a sobering reminder of the urgency of our research, education and advocacy initiatives."

To celebrate the Christmas Seals tradition, the American Lung Association of New York is bringing the stamp into the digital era in the form of online downloads and e-cards. The Christmas Seals website allows visitors to view a timeline of the stamps, send e-cards to friends and family, download coloring books for children and order holiday greeting cards.

During this season of giving, please consider a gift to the American Lung Association by contributing to the Christmas Seals campaign. Call1-800-LUNG-USA or visit www.christmasseals.org.