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Mission Moment January – 2016

(January 14, 2016)

Happy New Year! Our New Year's resolution is that everyone enjoy healthy air and healthy lungs. Of course, resolutions don't just happen. They take hard work. Let's take a look at what we've done over the last month to help make 2016 a healthier year for all of us. Image of people holding up sign saying Thank You

End of Year Support

Thank you! This past December you and all of our generous supporters really showed what the season of giving is all about. With your help we exceeded our goal and raised more than $450,000 to support the lifesaving lung health work we all believe in. We hope you enjoy this special Thank You from us to you!

Lung Cancer

Did you know that exposure to radon is the second leading risk factor for lung cancer? January is Radon Action Month and the American Lung Association has information and resources to help you and your loved ones avoid radon exposure. And, as we reported last month, we have worked with several government agencies and health organizations to create the first national plan to fight radon. A blog by our President and CEO Harold Wimmer explains more.

2015 was a watershed year in the fight against lung cancer with our LUNG FORCE initiative driving lung cancer awareness, support and research funding to new levels. Learn more from our blog post "2015: Turning the Tide against Lung Cancer" which focusses on the three key areas of progress for lung cancer from 2015: Medicare instituting coverage of lung cancer CT screening, advancements in immunotherapy drugs, and of course, raising awareness and research funds through LUNG FORCE.

Lung Force Hero

Image of Nancy talking in black and whiteWith most of her family in Puerto Rico and English as her second language, Nancy V. felt alone and faced special challenges with her lung cancer diagnosis. Hear the story of this special LUNG FORCE Hero.


Support Communities

We're excited to announce that our partner, Inspire, has redesigned its online support community platform to offer an improved experience for our members. Inspire's new online platform enables the members of our communities to better engage with one another and improves navigation across the site. The "mobile-first" design also provides a better user experience for our rapidly growing audience of mobile healthcare consumers.


The Lung Association's Erika Sward (second from right) participates in panel discussion.
The Lung Association's Erika Sward
(second from right) participates in
panel discussion.

On January 6, the American Lung Association was well-represented at the White House Convening on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's proposed Smokefree Public Housing Rule.

Milwaukee, WI Deputy Fire Chief Aaron Lipski and American Lung Association President and CEO Harold Wimmer.
Milwaukee, WI Deputy Fire Chief
Aaron Lipski and American Lung
Association President and CEO
Harold Wimmer.

The proposed regulation will require all federally-owned public housing properties to adopt smokefree air policies and will therefore protect
the two million residents of these properties from exposure to secondhand smoke at home. National President and CEO Harold Wimmer led the Lung Association's delegation, which included Lung Association volunteer Aaron Lipski, Deputy Chief, Milwaukee Fire Department. Asst. Vice President for National Advocacy Erika Sward spoke during a panel discussion on stakeholder issues.


Easter Seals Partnership

The Lung Association is continuing its partnership with Easter Seals through 2016. The two organizations are working to bring smoking cessation services to Easter Seals' audience of disabled people, their caregivers and military veterans.


Shiladitya Sengupta, MS, PhD
Shiladitya Sengupta, MS, PhD

Shiladitya Sengupta, MS, PhD, a recipient of the American Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award and a researcher from Brigham and Women's Hospital, published results of a research study supported by his Lung Association grant. The study offers a new view of how cancer cells, co-opt and transform normal cells into cancer cells. Additional pre-clinical work also shows that pharmacological intervention can prevent this transformation from occurring - leading to avenues for new cancer treatments. The study opens up new opportunities for exploration and suggests that disrupting nanoscale membrane bridges which connect cancer cells to normal cells may represent new therapeutics in managing metastatic cancer," said Sengupta. "We plan to continue searching for and evaluating treatments that take aim at these conduits."

The Influenza and Pneumonia Trend Report has been revised and updated. It includes the most current statistics on influenza and pneumonia mortality, hospitalizations, vaccination, and healthcare costs and is now available in the Data and Statistics sections of our website.
The Lung Association continues to make funds available to researchers searching for cures and improved treatments for lung disease. Our application season just closed, and now our research review committees will be evaluating 196 applications in order to fund the best research possible to relieve the suffering associated with lung disease.


Great news for school asthma!School districts will now be able to develop and implement school asthma management plans using new federal block grants created in the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESEA). Senator Kristin Gillibrand (D-NY) championed this provision and the American Lung Association was proud to lead the advocacy effort to have it included in the final act. The ESEA was signed into law just before the holidays.

Who Pneu? Campaign

Harold Wimmer, Angela Hwang, Tim Daly, Kathryn Forbes smiling
Harold Wimmer, Angela Hwang, Tim Daly,
Kathryn Forbes.

The American Lung Association continues to lead the message about preventive healthcare with our partner Pfizer through the Who Pneu?™ campaign. On World Pneumonia Day - November 12, 2015 - Lung Association National President & CEO Harold Wimmer and National Board President Kathryn Forbes met with Tim Daly, campaign spokesperson and Angela Hwang, Pfizer Vaccines Regional President of the U.S. to share the seriousness of pneumococcal pneumonia.

An estimated quarter of a million U.S. adults over 50 are hospitalized each year with pneumococcal pneumonia. Yet, a recent survey of 1000 U.S. adults aged 50 to 75, conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of the Lung Association and Pfizer, showed that only 1 in 2 believe they are personally at risk for pneumococcal pneumonia even though 85 percent agree that people their age are at risk.

The public awareness campaign Who Pneu?™ encourages adults 50 and older to understand their personal risk for pneumococcal pneumonia and make sure they are up to date on their vaccinations. Watch the campaign's PSA, as well as Tim's personal connection to pneumococcal pneumonia, at

Everything we do is made possible because of our great supporters, like you! Thank you for all you do to support healthy air and healthy lungs. The American Lung Association wishes you and your loved ones a happy and HEALTHY New Year!

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