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Mission Moment October – 2017

(October 13, 2017)


Lung Cancer Registry:  couple on a laptopEvery day researchers are working hard to defeat lung cancer and improve the quality of life for those living with the disease. Now you can help move their research forward. The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE and the Addario Lung Cancer Foundation have teamed up to create the Lung Cancer Registry, which collects detailed medical information about people who have been touched by lung cancer. Researchers can study the registry data, which can then lead to better understanding of the disease and can ultimately produce better outcomes for patients. Learn more and find out how to participate.

Coping with Lung Cancer Side Effects: On October 3, the Lung Association hosted a webinar with lung cancer expert, Cardinale B. Smith, M.D., MSCR, associate professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and member of the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Dr. Smith shared her tips for coping with side effects from lung cancer treatment and the disease itself. She also answered questions from attendees. If you were not able to attend the webinar, register to watch a recording on demand. This opportunity was made possible by generous support from Helsinn Therapeutics.

Saved By The Scan Eva MarieLUNG FORCE Hero: This month's LUNG FORCE Hero is Eva Marie F., who is featured in our "Saved By The Scan" videos and other campaign materials. Learn why lung cancer screening is important to her.


American Lung Association Research Team logoMeet Our Research Team: We have announced our new 2017-2018 Research Team and more than a $6.6 million investment in lung health research, which includes 72 novel and innovative lung disease research grants, and funding for the Airways Clinical Research Centers. You can see the full Research Team at the newly redesigned Our Awards and Grants program funds the best and brightest scientific minds aimed at creating a world free from lung disease. New grant applications are now being accepted for fiscal year 2019. The application period runs through December. If you are interested in applying for a research grant, you can learn more about the research we support and see how to apply.

Supporting NIH Research with Lasker Foundation: The Lung Association is partnering with the Albert & Mary Lasker Foundation and scores of health other health groups to urge Congress to support robust and sustained investment in medical research. This campaign kicked off on October 4 with a full page ad we signed on to in USA Today. You can support the effort by sharing on social media how you or a loved one was helped by biomedical research using #ResearchSavedMe.

Rally for Medical Research: The Lung Association was proud to once again co-sponsor the Rally for Medical Research on Thursday, September 22, where more than 300 organizations came together to raise awareness among Congressional members about the importance of continued investments at the National Institutes of Health. Want to learn more? Watch the three-year history of the Rally.


Are you ready to make a difference in the fight against lung cancer? Join us at one of our LUNG FORCE Walks to raise awareness and funds to defeat lung cancer and raise our voices for lung health. Each dollar we raise gets us closer to healthy lungs for everyone. Find a walk near you.


Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis: During September's Pulmonary Fibrosis Awareness Month, at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress, the American Lung Association and Three Lakes Partners announced their partnership to accelerate the development of resources for individuals living with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, their loved ones and their healthcare teams. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a serious, life-threatening lung disease, affecting more than 100,000 Americans. Through this new partnership, the Lung Association will build new online resources and support for individuals throughout their journey with IPF. The new tools will provide information on symptoms and diagnosis, treatment options and clinical trials, patient resources and ways to improve day-to-day quality of life – for anyone living with, caring for or treating someone with IPF.

New Online Asthma Training Available:  Are you interested in learning about, and helping others learn about better asthma management? We have launched a new interactive online learning module, Breathe Well, Live Well® Educator Training, to prepare healthcare professionals and community health educators to facilitate adult asthma education using the resource Breathe Well, Live Well: The Guide to Managing Your Asthma at Home and Work.

Time to Get Vaccinated for the Flu: Flu season is here and vaccination is your best prevention. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Learn more about the flu and get quick tips on how to protect yourself and your loved ones.


1990s: Tobacco company executives testify in federal court.

1990s: Tobacco company executives testify in federal court.

Big Tobacco Ordered to Tell the Truth: Tobacco companies must finally tell the American public the truth about their lethal products – 11 years after a court ordered it. Major U.S. tobacco companies must begin publishing "corrective statement" advertisements next month telling the American people the truth about their deadly and addictive products and secondhand smoke. The corrective statements are the result of a landmark federal court decision in 2006, in which major tocacco companies were convicted of racketeering and defrauding the public with false claims. The American Lung Association played a significant role in this case, as we joined five other public health organizations as plaintiff-interveners in the case. You can learn more about the case in our blog.


Thank You for Helping to Preserve Healthcare Protections: Thank you to all of our supporters who called their Senators and urged them to vote "no" on the "Graham-Cassidy" healthcare bill. Because of our collective efforts, the Senate canceled the vote, effectively ending the current attempt in Congress to replace the Affordable Care Act with a plan that would have left millions of Americans without healthcare. We are now asking the House and Senate to resume bipartisan efforts that will put our nation's health first. Sadly, on October 12, President Trump signed an executive order that will destabilize healthcare markets and undermine patient protections – leading to healthcare that will become unaffordable for those who need it most. We oppose this executive order and remain steadfast in our commitment to fighting for quality and affordable healthcare for every American.

EPA Proposal to Repeal the Clean Power Plan: On October 10, the Trump Administration announced the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to revoke the Clean Power Plan. In 2015, EPA estimated that the Clean Power Plan's health benefits would include preventing an estimated 90,000 pediatric asthma attacks and 3,600 premature deaths each year, when fully implemented. In response to EPA's proposal, the American Lung Association and 17 other health and medical groups released this joint statement expressing our disappointment and support for the lifesaving Clean Power Plan. On October 9, we held a prebuttal telepress briefing on the health impacts of revoking the Clean Power Plan, attended by reporters from several major news outlets. Speaking at the briefing was air pollution expert and long-time Lung Association volunteer George Thurston, ScD, who currently chairs the American Thoracic Society Environmental Health Committee. Our volunteer Laura Kellogg was also interviewed on MSNBC to share her story and discuss why healthy air is critical for her family. CNN also interviewed Laura and our Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Paul Billings.

We need your help defending this important public health protection. Please sign our online petition, and share it on your social media channels.

Letter Supporting Clean Car Standards signed by Health Professionals in all 50 States: With help from staff, volunteers and our health and medical partners, the Lung Association recruited more than 700 health professionals from all 50 states to sign our letter calling for strong clean cars standards. We sent this letter to EPA on October 4 to urge them not to weaken critical clean car standards.


Blue logo of Each BreathOur award-winning EACH Breath blog keeps exploring our amazing lungs and finding more useful and fascinating information to share. One recent blog explains why schools should stock asthma inhalers, and another looks at how exercises like yoga and tai chi can benefit your lungs.

Did you get your American Lung Association Christmas Seals® packet? Your support through Christmas Seals is another way to show you care about healthy air, healthy lungs and a healthier America. The lifesaving work that is carried out by Lung Association volunteers and staff is only possible through the help of supporters like you. Thank you for sharing our vision of a world free of lung disease!

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