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Mission Moment January 2018

(January 16, 2018)


This past December, you and all of our generous supporters really showed the meaning of the season of giving. Learn how your support makes a difference in the health of all Americans through our  FY17 Annual Report. Take a look at the highlights of the past year, the impactful personal stories, and you'll see why we say "When you can't breathe, nothing else matters."  Together, we’re fulfilling our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.


Mission Moment January

'Saved By The Scan' Impact: Since launching last August, "Saved By The Scan" has helped raise awareness among high-risk individuals about eligibility for lung cancer screening. More than 60,000 people have taken the lung cancer screening eligibility quiz, and three-quarters of those individuals are eligible for screening. If you or someone you know smoked, visit today to learn more.

Reducing Radon Risk: Did you know that exposure to radon gas is the second leading risk factor for lung cancer? You cannot see, taste or smell radon, but this radioactive gas causes lung cancer and claims an estimated 21,000 lives in the U.S. each year. January is Radon Action Month, and the American Lung Association has radon resources to help you and your loved ones avoid exposure. We’re proud that the American Lung Association played the leading role in creating the first national plan to fight radon.


Lung Association Research Highlighted in Nature Medicine: American Lung Association Research Awards recipient and Research Team Member  Dr. Argyris Tzouvelekis' study was recently published in Nature Medicine. The article, "Thyroid hormone inhibits lung fibrosis in mice by improving epithelial mitochondrial function," highlights Tzouvelekis' findings through an animal study that a thyroid hormone (TH) therapy in mice helps heal lung fibrosis. This research may lead to new therapies for pulmonary fibrosis in humans.


Quit Smoking for the New Year: Most smokers say they want to quit and many will make a New Year's Resolution to quit in 2018. If this is your year to quit, the Lung Association has five tips to help you, or someone you love along the way. To give yourself the best chance to going smokefree in the new year, use America's "gold standard" in smoking cessation programs and join Freedom From Smoking® today.


Protect Yourself and Others From the Flu: Did you know that flu season usually doesn’t peak until February or later? Flu season is ramping up with increasing numbers of cases reported in many parts of the country. The Lung Association wants to remind everyone that influenza (the flu) is a serious, contagious disease that can have severe health consequences, especially for people with chronic lung conditions, such as asthma and COPD. It’s not too late to take precautions to help protect yourself and those around you from the flu.


Fight For Air Climb: Is your New Year's resolution to get fit and healthy? If so, we have just the event for you! Join us at one of our upcoming Fight For Air Climbs. You will make a positive impact in the lives of those affected by lung disease by raising funds for research, education and advocacy.  Every dollar raised moves us closer to healthy lungs for everyone. Find a Climb near you.


Asthma Medications in Schools: Although all 50 states and the District of Columbia have passed a law allowing students to carry and use inhalers at school, some kids are still denied access to these lifesaving medications during the school day. The Lung Association has an updated Asthma Medications in School web page with tools and resources to help schools make asthma medications readily available. The new page also highlights states across the country with either a stock bronchodilator law, school guidelines or no law at all. It also has a new story share feature where school personnel are encouraged to share their personal experiences and the importance of adopting a stock bronchodilator policy. Visit the new web page today to access our resources and share your story about how stock bronchodilators have made a difference for your student.


Parents & Grandparents—Please Sign a Letter Supporting the Clean Power Plan: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently considering a proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan, a lifesaving plan which would have prevented 4,500 premature deaths every year, once it was fully implemented. To amplify this impact, the Lung Associations has started collecting signatures on a letter for parents and grandparents who support the Clean Power Plan. Please add your name in support of healthy air for our children and grandchildren, and encourage others to sign as well!

Opposing a Harmful Replacement of the Clean Power Plan: Replacing the Clean Power Plan with a weaker rule would not only gut critical health protections, it could actually harm Americans more than doing nothing at all. In response to the announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that EPA is seeking comments on options for replacing the Clean Power Plan, American Lung Association National President and CEO Harold P. Wimmer issued a strong statement in opposition to any plan that would not adequately protect public health.


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One of our latest blog entries tells an amazing Clean Air Act success story—"Spotlight on Success: How Knoxville Dramatically Reduced Ozone Smog and Became a Cleaner, Healthier City." Our first "State of the Air" report in 2000 ranked Knoxville, TN as the city with 12th worst ozone pollution. Read the blog to see how the Clean Air Act helped the city to achieve healthy air success.

We appreciate your support and are committed to being excellent stewards of your generous donations!  Because everything we do is made possible through your support, we are dedicated to making the most of your donations. Out of every dollar you give to support our lifesaving mission, 86 cent goes directly to program services. With your help, we will continue to put your support to the best use possible, saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.

THANK YOU again for your enduring support. YOU make everything we do possible.

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