Making a Difference
One Breath at a Time
The American Lung Association made excellent strides in 2015 in pursuit of our Mission.
The facts: 390,000 Americans die of lung disease every year; seven million children suffer from asthma in the U.S.; 33 million Americans live with chronic lung disease; and every two-and-a-half minutes someone is diagnosed with lung cancer, half of which die within a year. Lung cancer continues to take the most lives associated with any form of cancer!
We made remarkable advances in the Four Focus Areas of our Strategic Plan – Tobacco Control, Clean Air, Reducing the Burden of Lung Disease, and Building Our Capacity.
This year, due to the generosity of our donors and grant funders, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest doubled our research commitment to fight lung cancer. Overall, we are proud to report that we committed $3 million to support novel and innovative lung disease research. A comprehensive list of our researchers and their work is in our “Research” section.
In the “Accomplishments” section of this report, you will see our focus on all lung health through a balance of continued efforts, including helping smokers quit; improving pediatric asthma care; educating patients and caregivers to better manage their disease; improving indoor and outdoor air quality through our Clean Air Choice and Woodstove Exchange programs. In addition, millions of Americans are enjoying fresher air this year as a direct result of our advocacy efforts and grassroots activities. This includes more smokefree parks, housing and campuses; tobacco tax increases; and other smokefree policy triumphs.
We are proud of these successes! Our achievements are a result of local community volunteer Leadership Boards, which we list in the “Our Leadership” section. Our volunteer leaders are the true change agents with critical influence and knowledge of our communities. Our Leaders build collaborative relationships with medical institutions and corporations, and engage their support for our local activities.
Our donors and participants climb to the top of the tallest buildings in our Fight for Air Climbs, and they generously give in many ways to ensure resources are available to enable the Association to achieve the advances we report to you this year.
We have work ahead of us to accomplish our Mission, and your involvement and support continues to be the key to success.
Thank you for your care, your involvement, and your support. Together we can have a world without lung disease!
Alan RoweBoard ChairLewis A. BartfieldChief Executive Officer
Highlights of Our Accomplishments
We continue to help people quit smoking and champion smokefree policies so that we can all breathe fresher air.
We improved air quality by advancing alternatives for drivers, replacing hundreds of old stoves, and testing homes for radon.
Our efforts helped tens of thousands of child and adult lung disease sufferers learn how to better manage their disease.
Research finds better treatments and saves lives. We committed $3 million to novel and innovative lung disease research.