The Lung Association – The Christmas Seal People!
Saskatoon, November 4 -- What began as a simple fundraiser in 1908 by the Canadian Lung Association to stamp out the tuberculosis (TB) epidemic that swept across our great nation continues to be a prominent source of revenue for Lung Associations across Canada. For over 100 years Canadians have made a difference in the lives of people with lung disease by supporting our annual Christmas Seals Campaign. We are the Christmas Seal people!
"When you make a donation to our annual Christmas Seals campaign and apply these decorative stickers or seals to your cards and parcels this holiday season, you are joining The Lung Association fight for healthy lungs and clean air for the residents of our great province and Canada," says Brian Graham, The Lung Association's President and CEO.
Many advancements have been made in the fight against lung disease but many more are desperately needed. “In Canada, we are still losing one person to lung disease every 13.5 minutes and that is unacceptable," states Dr. Graham. Compared to diseases of other organs and body systems, diseases of the respiratory system, including COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a new name for chronic bronchitis and emphysema), lung cancer, asthma and pneumonia, are the second leading cause of death in our country.
We are asking the residents of our great province to make lung health a priority this holiday season. Each one of us is connected to someone with lung disease and we are all directly affected by the quality of the air we breathe.
Please support our Christmas Seals Campaign to help:
- Patients with lung diseases like COPD get the treatment they need;
- Children and their families learn how to safely manage their asthma;
- Elementary and high school students understand the dangers of smoking through tobacco prevention programs in their community;
- Leading researchers find a cure for lung cancer, prevalent in both smokers and non-smokers.
Donations can be made by responding to our mail appeal, making a secure donation at www.sk.lung.ca/donation or by calling us during regular office hours in Saskatoon at 343-9511 or 1-888-566-LUNG (5864) elsewhere in the province.
"We couldn't do all of this wonderful work without our donors and support from the public," says Dr. Graham. "Thank you for your generosity during the holiday season and throughout the year."
About The Lung Association
Established in 1911, The Lung Association is Saskatchewan's oldest health charity. You have come to know and trust The Lung Association as the premier source for lung health in our province. All of our quality educational materials, programs, services and treatment guidelines are based on current evidence-based research. You will find The Lung Association active in communities across Saskatchewan conducting lung disease prevention and management programs that include asthma, COPD, sleep apnea, lung cancer and smoking cessation. The Lung Association also provides training for health care professionals, delivers health education in schools, facilitates patient support groups, and lobbies for clean air.
For more information contact:
Vice President Development