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Mission Moment January - 2017

(January 17, 2017)



This past December, you and all of our generous supporters really showed the meaning of the season of giving. Your support helped us exceed our goal to raise $500,000 at the end of the year, to sustain the lifesaving lung health work we all believe in! See how your support makes a difference in the health of all Americans through our  FY16 annual report. Take a look at the highlights of the past year and the impactful personal stoires, and you'll see how, together, we're saving lives, one breath at a time!


Reducing Radon Risk: 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 radon resources to help you and your loved ones avoid exposure. The American Lung Association played the leading role in creating the first national plan to fight radon.

Lung Cancer Research: One of the recipients of our Lung Cancer Discovery Award, Mark Fuster, MD, is studying to discover if disrupting complex sugars on immune cells could inhibit growth of lung cancer. This research could lead to new strategies to cure cancer through the immune system.

Tell a Friend About Tumor Testing: As part of our ongoing dedication to providing the best information and support to patients with lung cancer, the Lung Association has launched its awareness campaign called "Tell a Friend about Tumor Testing" which brings much needed attention to the importance of comprehensive genomic testing for lung cancer patients.

LUNG FORCE Hero: One of our newest Heroes is Melanie M. who was diagnosed at 50 with lung cancer. Luckily, Melanie was a candidate to receive targeted therapy, and she has been responding well to treatment.


Safeguarding Health Protections: It has only been two weeks since Congress returned to Washington, yet numerous long-standing federal policies that protect lung health have come under attack, including critical healthcare coverage as well as lifesaving public health protections against air pollution and tobacco. Decades of progress are in danger of beingreversed, and the health of millions of Americans is at stake. We need your help! Please join us and become an advocate, so together we can fight for policies that save lives and protect lung health.


A New Year, A New You – Staying Active with a Chronic Lung Disease: Are you making a New Year's resolution to get fit or be healthier in 2017? Staying active has many benefits to your overall health and wellbeing, but if you have a chronic lung disease such as asthma or COPD, you may feel the need to limit your activity to avoid symptoms. Understanding your symptoms and how to manage them is the first step to a healthier, new you. The Lung Association has tools to help, including Staying Active with Exercised-Induced Asthma, Asthma Action Plan, COPD Management Plan and much more on managing symptoms and staying fit with asthma or COPD.


It's Not Too Late to Get Your Flu Shot – Did you know that flu season often doesn't peak until February? That means you should still get immunized to protect yourself and those around you from the flu. Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months of age and older receive an influenza vaccination each and every year. Here are four ways to reduce your flu risk.


Did You Resolve to Quit Smoking? Quitting smoking tops many New Year's resolution lists. If you resolved to quit in 2017, we have a checklist to get you started and keep you on track. The Lung Association is also your go-to source for proven quit smoking tools, like Freedom From Smoking® Plus.
Here are eight tips to help you quit smoking for good in the New Year.

Happy Birthday EACH Breath! Blue logo of Each Breath
Our award winning EACH Breath blog is one year old! To celebrate, we've put together a few highlights from the past year, taking a look at some of the most popular posts and a few hidden gems you might've missed.

Thank You - Program Volunteers! As we reflect on our many accomplishments in 2016, please join us in thanking the thousands of trained volunteer facilitators who make American Lung Association programs a success. Every day, in schools, hospitals and community settings nationwide, these dedicated individuals help people learn to maximize their quality of life when dealing with chronic lung disease in Better Breathers Clubs; break the grip of tobacco addiction in Freedom From Smoking® clinics; stay healthy, active and ready to learn with asthma in Open Airways For Schools® programs; and more. We could not achieve our mission without them.

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