Every year, millions of Americans donate to the Christmas Seals campaign, the largest campaign of the American Lung Association. In each donation, we are able to fund life-saving research, education, and advocacy efforts to combat lung cancer, childhood asthma, tobacco use, secondhand smoke, air pollution, and influenza. In West Virginia, the Christmas Seal makes it possible for children to attend Asthma Camp, assist teens and adults to quit smoking in our Freedom from Smoking and Not on Tobacco (N-O-T) programs, and advocate for clean air. It advances research in lung cancer, the number one cancer killer in the nation, and it educates everyone, including our most vulnerable citizens-seniors, children and those with chronic medical conditions, which number over 851,000 in West Virginia-on the importance of getting vaccinated for influenza.
For more than 100 years, one of the most effective weapons in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air has been the Christmas Seal. As we enjoy the holiday season well into the new year, we can equally enjoy the Christmas Seal. Presents have been opened, but the Christmas Seal continues to give well after the holidays. For more information on the American Lung Association Christmas Seal Campaign, visit www.christmasseals.org.
Deb Brown, President & CEO
American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic