It’s a simple yet staggering fact: tobacco use remains the leading preventable cause of death in the U.S. That’s why our tobacco efforts never cease and are demanded now more than ever. Your support helps us reduce youth smoking, fight for tobacco-free policies, and help smokers quit.
Tobacco 21: Protecting young people from a lifetime of addiction.
Led the effort for multiple municipalities within the Upper Midwest to pass the Tobacco 21 law, raising the minimum tobacco purchasing age to 21, including: Chicago, St. Louis, St. Louis County, Kansas City (Kansas and Missouri), and Overland Park, Kansas.
Effective Advocacy: Fighting for common sense policies.
Supporting Quitters: Helping smokers make the decision to act.
Tobacco Use Disparity: Helping Smokers with Mental Illness, Substance Abuse
It’s unacceptable that almost half of the nation’s population is exposed to unhealthy levels of air. The Lung Association of the Upper Midwest continues to take action so that homes are free of radon, the second leading cause of lung cancer; to reduce the effect that old wood boilers and stoves have on reducing pollution; and to expand the use of alternative fuels that are significantly better for the environment.
Radon: Keeping families safe from a silent killer.
Retiring Wood Boilers, Stoves: A measurable impact on reducing pollution.
Alternative Fuels: Better for the environment and lungs.
Almost half-a-million Americans die every year because of lung disease. What are we doing about it? Targeting our efforts from the research lab to the grassroots. The Upper Midwest invested more than $3 million in life-saving research. We partnered with community clinics to help improve the quality of care for kids with asthma; and we’re visiting homes to assess and improve living environments of asthmatic children.
Supporting Patients, Caregivers & Professionals
Consisting of events, workshops and support groups, our key programs include LUNG FORCE Expos, Better Breathers Clubs, Freedom From Smoking, and Respiratory Rallies.
Camp Superkids: 50 Years, 7K Kids Being Kids
Helping Kids with Asthma: One Home at a Time
Partnering with Clinics: Improving Asthma Care
14,000 Lung Association event participants across the Upper Midwest raised more than $5.4 million to help us save lives. How? By simply asking their friends, family and corporate partners to donate and support their stair climbing, running, walking, cycling, golfing, and (yes) even partying.
For a second consecutive year, the Lung Associations in Wisconsin (#1) and Chicago (#2) are the most successful stair climbs in the country, raising more than $1 million collectively.
Upper Midwest Galas
Running, Cycling and Golfing
More than 40 buildings and landmarks illuminated turquoise across the Upper Midwest as part of Turquoise Takeover in May during National Women’s Lung Health Week.
Meet One of Our LUNG FORCE Heroes – Susan Warmerdam
Four and a half years ago, I was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer that had gone undetected for 5-7 years. I never smoked, so hearing that I had an inoperable and incurable disease brought a plethora of emotions hard to describe.
Despite the hopeless medical statistics, I was determined to do everything to fight my disease. I did extensive research, took every step to embrace wellness, completely changed my diet, and got the best medical care possible. I received treatment at Northwestern, which included two years on a daily targeted cancer treatment drug, one clinical trial, and three surgeries. I believe all of these things worked together to help me beat the number one cancer killer… I’ve been off all treatment for 2 ½ years!
The American Lung Association has given me a platform from which to advocate and fundraise. Together with my friends, family and colleagues, we have raised almost $220,000 and funded three lung cancer research studies to help find the causes, early detection and more personalized treatments for lung cancer.
Meet our American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest Researchers
$100,000 & Above
Inkind Corporate Gifts
President’s Circle of Breath: Visionary
$25,000 & Above
President’s Circle of Breath: Ambassador
$10,000 – $24,999
President’s Circle of Breath: Founder
$5,000 – $9,999
Champions of Breath: Guardian
$5,000 & Above
Champions of Breath: Partner
$1,000 – $4,999
Champions of Breath: Friend
$500 – $999
Thank you again for your time, your energy and your generous support in 2016 that which powered our efforts to save lives.
As we look ahead, we see that there is still much work to do, more lives to save and people to impact. So we ask for your continued commitment, involvement and support of our work. Why? Because lung cancer is still the number one cancer killer in the country and 34 million people still suffer from lung disease.
We look to grow and expand our work on lung health and clean air by increasing our investment in research; enhancing our programs; advocating for more smokefree and clean air policies; and strengthening our partnerships and creating new ones.
We made great strides this year, but we have work ahead and your support is critical to strengthen the American Lung Association and ultimately, save more lives!
Call 1-800-LUNG-USA or visit Lung.org to stay informed, inspired and invested in our fight against lung disease and for lung health.