First, let us say: Thank You!
This year, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest has many reasons to be proud, but we didn’t do it alone. Your time, your energy, and your donations make our efforts possible.
Please know that we never take your help for granted. Every year, we know that we have to earn your support. We strive to show you a tireless commitment to our mission: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Here’s what you empowered us to accomplish in 2016:
Research: Last year you doubled the dollar amount from the year before, raising $3 million dollars for life-saving lung disease research. This year, you defied expectations again. You gave $3.3 million dollars. This money goes to researchers who develop new treatments and cures for lung disease. Outcomes from their work will help millions of people. To see specific projects, please see the “Research” section.
Education: People don’t always know how to manage childhood asthma. To change that, we trained thousands of health professionals in asthma best practices, and visited families to help them improve the air in their homes. In all, these efforts reached almost half-a-million people. You can find more about our programs in the “Healthy Lungs” section.
Advocacy: Better lung health starts with cleaner air in our communities. That’s why we advocate for lung-positive policy. Our results: Kansas increased its tobacco tax; all Des Moines parks are now smokefree; and 21 cities across the Upper Midwest, including Chicago and Kansas City, have raised the legal tobacco purchasing age to 21. To see how we helped these efforts, read the “Tobacco Control” section.
We’re thrilled with these achievements, but our work isn’t finished. Consider this: In 2017, over 200,000 Americans will be diagnosed with lung cancer, and over 100,000 of them will die. Nearly 7 in 10 adult smokers wish they could quit, but can’t find support. More than 30 million people will continue suffering from lung disease. Almost 50% of Americans live in a county with poor air quality.
We envision a world without these problems. Can you? In 2017, The American Lung Association will continue to raise funds for research to find a cure, reign in tobacco abuse, help care for those living with lung disease, and advocate for clean air policies.
We ask that you commit, as you always have, to help Americans breathe easier.
With Fellowship and Gratitude,
Steve Mielke, Board Chair
Lewis A. Bartfield, Chief Executive Officer