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Legacy Donors Like You

Our donors are giving back in extraordinary ways. By leaving gifts to the American Lung Association in their wills and estate plans, they are helping us achieve our vision of a world without lung disease. Here are some of their stories.

Harold P. Wimmer, National President & CEO of the American Lung Association, began working at the American Lung Association at the age of 23 as a health educator. Harold has dedicated his career to the organization's mission and truly believes in the work we are doing. That's why he has become a member of the Legacy Society and set up a gift to the Lung Association.


I remember when I started out at the American Lung Association when I was 23 years old as a health educator in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

I've been able to grow up with the Lung Association, and we've made big strides in the fight against tobacco, supporting an ever-growing research program that includes the nation's largest network of clinical trial centers for asthma and COPD patients, working to ensure that the air we breathe is clean and safe, and now as we embark on our biggest challenge: defeating lung cancer – the nation's leading cancer killer.

Through the generous support of many, including the visionary Legacy Society donors, we have made transformational progress for those we serve. Things like helping over one million individuals end their addiction to tobacco passing the Clean Power Plan, providing in-person support groups for those living with chronic lung disease and creating a movement through LUNG FORCE to take a stand against lung cancer.

When I look back on my time with the American Lung Association and the work that we have been able to do I wanted to be able to seal my legacy with this organization that has made such an impact on my life.

y leaving a gift in my will, I know I’ll be able to make an impact for future generations.

I invite you to join me and countless others who are Legacy Society donors, who are Legacy Society donors. Legacy gifts can take many forms and you can visit our website at to explore your options.

Thank you for giving me a few minutes of your time, and I do hope you’ll consider including a gift to the American Lung Association in your will.

I'm proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish and know that the best is yet to come.

  • Adam Goldberg
    "If you can't breathe, nothing else matters" is a statement Adam Goldberg supports. Adam was diagnosed with asthma at age four which prompted his father to quit smoking the same day. He also attended the Lung Association's asthma education classes with his parents when he was a child.
  • Audrene Lojovich
    Audrene Lojovich began her affiliation with the American Lung Association almost three decades ago as a volunteer with an interest in tobacco prevention. Upon discovering the breadth of the Lung Association’s mission, she set out to learn everything she could about its work in education, advocacy and research. 
  • Bea Klier
    Bea Klier loves life. At 98 years old, she continues to pursue new ways to enhance her mind. As a scientist who spent two decades at the New York Academy of Sciences, Bea knows that research and learning moves us forward.
  • Betty Toole
    Betty Toole vividly remembers sitting in a restaurant in San Francisco 30 years ago unable to eat because of all the cigarette smoke. Now the Marin County resident doesn’t have to worry about smoke when she enjoys a meal and she credits the American Lung Association for protecting her right to breathe smokefree air.
  • Bill and Mary Hartman
    Bill and Mary Hartman are fondly remembered as good people who did many good things for friends and family in their lives. They believed that they were blessed in their lives and wanted to share their blessings with the others.
  • Bob and Martha Sobie
    Bob and Martha Sobie have dedicated many years to serving their community, including providing extraordinary support of the American Lung Association.
  • Jim Ryan
    When Jim Ryan’s wife, Marlene, passed away from pulmonary arterial hypertension in 2016, he wanted to do something that would honor her life and make a great impact for future generations. He chose to make a gift in his will to the American Lung Association.
  • Linda Ford
    For more than 100 years, the American Lung Association has been a leader in helping people quit smoking, fighting for healthy air, investing in critical research for lung disease and, now, defeating lung cancer. We are only able to do that through the help of our donors—like Dr. Linda Ford, who explains why she’s a member of the American Lung Association’s Legacy Society.
  • Pauline Grant
    Pauline Grant has been actively involved in her local Lung Association for almost two decades, from participating in special events to serving on the board of directors. An asthmatic since childhood, Pauline knows the organization’s dedication to healthy air and healthy lungs can make a difference.
  • Richard Muller
    Richard Muller's first became involved with the American Lung Association more than 35 years ago when he signed up for a three day 200 mile bike trek for Clean Air. "We had ham sandwiches for lunch for three days," says Richard, "and when I suggested a better menu, the Lung Association's Executive Director appointed me Chair of the Food Committee."
  • Sharon Verbrugge
    Service to her community has been an important part of Sharon Verbrugge's life as wife, mother, church and community member. Throughout the years, she has been involved with Make-A-Wish, Horsepower Therapeutic Riding, St. Francis House emergency shelter and transitional housing program for the homeless and as Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent for her church.

    Page Last Updated: August 24, 2018

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