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American Lung Association in Colorado Celebrates Extraordinary Community Partners at Annual Appreciation Event

(June 9, 2016) -

DENVER (June 9, 2016) – Join us in celebrating those who have made a significant impact on lung health over the last year. On June 14th, the ALAC will host the Annual Appreciation Event to award individuals and companies in our community. We are thrilled to announce the 2016 winners.


The individual or organization who demonstrates admirable grass-roots leadership and support of American Lung Association of Colorado programs.

2016 Winner: Brian and Darlene Brown- After their daughter Bria passed away from an asthma attack last year, they searched for ways to bring awareness to the severity of asthma to the community. They discovered Champ Camp and created a video pro-bono for camp to help get the word to funders about the importance of getting the education that is provided at Champ Camp to children diagnosed with asthma.


The individual, group, or organization who has been able to increase revenue to the American Lung Association of Colorado or provide fundraising leadership in efforts to finance Association programs.

2016 Winner: Pima RT Students (Annie Smithey)- Since Annie Smithey learned about Champ Camp and the importance of the Camp, she started a GoFundMe page to help raise money for children. Annie is an RT student at Pima Medical Institute and will be volunteering as a counselor this summer. 


The individual, group, or organization who has contributed substantially to reducing air pollution in Colorado and preserving our previous clear skies.

2016 Winner: Montessori Peaks Academy-Both students and parents have dedicated their time and energy to implementing CASEO (Clean Air for Schools Engines Off), our anti-idling program. Through their efforts, MPA was able to significantly reduce idle emissions and are drafting up ways to continue educating new and existing parents next year.


The individual who has given their time, abilities, and talents to advance the cause of the ALAC, and who has demonstrated the highest qualities of volunteerism.

2016 Winner: Kathy Aderhold- Kathy began volunteering in 2013, and since that time has provided over 1,000 hour working on all ALAC programs and events.


The individual who has used their influence and expertise in the health care industry to impact and improve lung health in Colorado.

2016 Winner: UC Health, Center for Lungs and Breathing- The doctors and staff of the Center for Lungs and Breathing have been incredible partners for the ALA’s LUNG FORCE initiative. UC Health sponsored and provided excellent speakers for an educational breakfast about women and lung cancer. We are grateful for a wonderful partnership with some of the best lung cancer specialist in the country. 


The individual, group, or organization who has gone above and beyond as an ALAC community partner, drawing unprecedented attention to ALAC, educating the public and providing support to those with lung disease.

2016 Winner: Yogurtland (Melissa Bradley)- Melissa Bradley is a role model and true philanthropist in the Colorado community. Melissa has gone above and beyond as an ALAC Community Partner by running the 2016 LUNG FORCE Icon Campaign in all four of her stores. Through Yogurtland’s efforts, they have been able to make a huge impact in the community by bringing awareness and raising funds to help ALAC fulfill their mission. 


The individual, group, or organization who has demonstrated techniques and ability to impart health education information effecting behavioral change to improve lung health in Colorado.

2016 Winner: Itzaxo (Chaz) Amarica-Itzaxo (Chaz) has been implementing the Not On Tobacco (N-O-T) program for 10 years at Hilltop Community Resources – Residential Yours Services (RYS) in Grand Junction. The RYS program is a unique program designed to promote behavioral and academic improvement through therapeutic, social, educational, and recreational programming.


The top fundraising individual, group or organization for the year.

2016 Winner: Stacy Ohlsson- Stacy has perfected the art of raising money by simply asking her friends and family to support her! She is one of those people that puts the mission of the organization above all else and finds ways to bring in new donors whether she is riding her bike or out at happy hour. Stacy not only excels at asking people for money, she loves sharing our mission with all her circles, including exhibiting the ALA Breathing Lung Exhibit to multiple groups at Girls Inc. 


The individual, group, or organization who has gone above and beyond in supporting ALAC in their efforts to further our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy.

2016 Winner: International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)- In a world of the complicated health care systems and differing political views, the IASLC breaks down all barriers and provides opportunities for both lung cancer doctors and patient advocates to collaborate and make huge strides in lung cancer care and research. Their ability to bring together organization with similar missions and further the reach of our collective message has been extremely helpful and beneficial.


About the American Lung Association in Colorado 

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website:

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