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Legacy Giving

Improving Lung Health for Future Generations


How Your Planned Gift will Provide a Better Future for Your Family, Friends and Neighbors

No one should suffer from lung disease. Yet lung disease is the third leading cause of death. With your help through a legacy gift, we will:

  • Fund high-quality research with the goal of uncovering effective prevention and treatment strategies, as well as cures for lung diseases such as lung cancer, asthma and COPD, including emphysema.
  • Defend the Clean Air Act to ensure that all Americans breathe safe and healthy air.
  • Hold in-person and online support programs for people with COPD, lung cancer, asthma and other lung diseases to better manage their disease and make important decisions about their health.

Help Us Keep Our Vision Alive… Join the American Lung Association Legacy Society.

The American Lung Association Legacy Society recognizes supporters who have remembered the American Lung Association through their estate plans. The generosity of Legacy Society members helps us continue to fight for a world free of lung disease, and we are deeply grateful for each enduring commitment.

Member Benefits

As a Legacy Society member, you will:

  • Know that your gift will help future generations breathe easier.
  • Be recognized as a member of the Legacy Society.*
  • Be invited to events hosted by your local American Lung Association.*
  • Stay informed about the work of the American Lung Association, nationwide and in your community.

*If you prefer to remain anonymous, we will be happy to respect your wishes.


A Fateful Hike Leads to a Legacy Gift

Bob and Martha met while attending Northern Illinois University. Bob had a long career as a Business and Technology professor at both his alma mater and the College of DuPage, where he was twice awarded the Outstanding Faculty Member of the Year.

Bob and Martha Sobie have dedicated many years to serving their community, including extraordinary support of the American Lung Association.

Martha worked in finance administration at B.R. Ryall YMCA, as well contributing to its aquatics program. A gifted musician, Martha also shares her talent as an oboist throughout their local area.

Both Bob and Martha are passionate about the great outdoors and enjoy camping, canoeing and hiking. Bob authored The Elroy Sparta Trail Guidebook, the "definitive source" about this Wisconsin trail he calls "Heaven on Earth!"

Several decades ago, it was Bob's casual encounter with Harold Wimmer, then an Executive Director of the Lung Association in Illinois and now National CEO of the American Lung Association, that began a lasting bond of friendship and shared purpose.

From the beginning, Bob and Martha volunteered to support children's asthma camps, which focus on improving the physical condition and psychological outlook of children with asthma. It is important to the Sobies to fund programs for children that advance asthma education. Bob also shared his exceptional leadership skills as a Board Director, Corporate Treasurer and Corporate Secretary of the Lung Association.

Bob and Martha have instilled their value of charitable work in their two sons, Carl and Roger. "The value of making the world a better place is important to us." say the Sobies. "The American Lung Association has made incredible strides in lung health, and we trust that it will continue to make breakthroughs in the decades ahead."

As new grandparents, the Sobies want to ensure that future generations continue to be educated about lung health. They have accomplished that through a legacy gift naming the American Lung Association as a beneficiary of their estate.

Bob and Martha have ensured the impact of the Lung Association's mission will be felt by countless Americans for years to come. We are truly grateful for their loyalty and visionary gift. Together, we will save more lives and move toward our vision of a world free of lung disease.

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