Welcome to the American Lung Association’s
Legacy planned giving online newsletter.
Here, you can find stories about how your support impacts lives across the country by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We hope you enjoy these stories and will share your feedback with us.
Articles in this Issue
Christopher’s Legacy for a Future Free from Lung Disease
Christopher Cahlamer and his family are no strangers to the effects of asthma and other lung diseases. So, when Christopher’s wife Natalie found a flyer for the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb, he knew it was the perfect opportunity to make an impact for a cause that is deeply personal to him. Since 2010, his team has done 13 straight climbs raising a total of $126,000 for the Lung Association.
Following his participation in the Fight for Air Climb, Christopher joined the Wisconsin Local Leadership Board and the Upper Midwest Regional Board. In these roles, he aims to connect others to the Lung Association and help them realize their own impact for the cause.
He tells us, “Unfortunately, our mission is both a blessing and a curse… It’s a blessing in that you realize just how many people the Lung Association impacts, and the curse being — boy, lung disease really impacts a lot of people.”
To help secure a future free from lung disease, Christopher decided to create his legacy through the Lung Association’s Legacy Challenge.
Participating in the Challenge enabled Christopher to honor the memory of his grandmother through a gift in his will that costs him nothing now. When asked what he would say to someone who was considering a legacy commitment to the Lung Association, he tells us:
“One, it’s an easy process… Two, it’s flexible. We can make an initial contribution now, and we’ll certainly evaluate increasing that over time.”
Victory in the Youth Vaping Epidemic
The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine recently reported troubling evidence about our country’s youth vaping epidemic.
Using data from the Population Assessment of Tobacco and Health (PATH) study, they found that young users (aged 18–24 years) who used e-cigarettes reported respiratory symptoms including wheezing in the chest, difficulty breathing during exercise, and coughing at night. Notably, tobacco flavored e-cigarette users had 170%greater odds of developing any respiratory symptom, and users of cartridge-based devices
(like Juul) had 136% greater odds of developing any respiratory symptom compared to never users, which appears to be worse than users of disposable or tank-based devices.
This study adds to the growing list of scientific data that shows that no e-cigarette is safe, and that younger e-cigarette users are at significant risk for lasting respiratory disease.
On June 23, 2022, the FDA made an important announcement banning all Juul vaping products from being sold in the U.S. President and CEO of the American Lung Association, Harold Wimmer issued a statement in response:
“Today’s announcement is long overdue and most welcome. The American Lung Association commends the FDA for following the science and denying Juul the ability to sell its products that are clearly marketed to addict a new generation of youth to tobacco.”
“Juul is largely responsible for the youth vaping epidemic, where it used the same tactics as the major cigarette companies to prey on youth, including appealing flavors, deep price discounts, youth-focused marketing campaigns and high levels of nicotine to addict them.
Juul was the most popular e-cigarette among teens for several years and remains among the most popular today. Ending the sale of all Juul products, including its menthol flavor, sends the message to companies that their blatant disregard for public health will not be tolerated.”
There is still much to be done to protect the next generation from the dangers of vaping. Together, we can continue to urge the FDA to take action to remove e-cigarettes and other tobacco products from the market that do not meet public health standards.
Learn more about the American Lung Association’s initiative to end the youth vaping epidemic at Lung.org/quit-smoking/end-youth-vaping
Update on the American Lung Association Legacy Challenge
At the beginning of the year, we issued a challenge to American Lung Association supporters to create a legacy that unburdens future generations from the effects of lung disease.
To date we have achieved 25% of our $50,000 goal and are so thankful for the supporters who have helped us to-date.
Christopher Cahlamer, Board Member of the Wisconsin Local Leadership Board, is one such supporter. He says about his participation in the Challenge:
“Our executive director, Megan Cordova, reached out and said, ‘Hey, let’s take
on this Challenge as a Local Leadership Board.’ To the extent that I can take advantage of this program for the benefit of the Lung Association and lead by example, I think that goes a long way. It’s a quick and easy process.”
If you choose to make this meaningful gift now, you could unlock significant current funding through our Legacy Challenge.
With this limited-time challenge, our Board of Directors will make a donation — up to $1,500 — for every new legacy gift intention we receive.
Contact Cheryl Smoot, National Assistant Vice President of Individual and Planned Giving, at Cheryl.Smoot@Lung.org or 312-801-7642 to learn more or to share your plans.
Finding Why Lung Disease Develops
Your support has helped to pioneer a nationwide study that follows 4,000 young, healthy adults to paint a clearer picture of lung health and the factors involved with predicting and preventing lung disease.
What is the Lung Health Cohort Study?
The American Lung Association Lung Health Cohort is a study funded through federal grant and donor support that aims to determine factors contributing toward lung disease development. With the findings from this landmark study, the American Lung Association anticipates gaining invaluable insight into how lung disease develops, and more importantly, how to then use that information to prevent future generations from being affected by this disease.
How You Can Help
There are many ways to get involved and help the Lung Association in its mission to improve lung health. You can…
- Watch the video at Legacy.Lung.org/2022-fall-newsletter.
- Encourage the young adults in your life to participate in the Lung Health Cohort study by visiting Lung.org/research/lung-health-cohort-study.
- Explore ways to create your legacy for the next generation. You can help realize a future free from lung disease for the young people you love. Visit Legacy.Lung.org to get started.
Your legacy could be a world free of lung disease. I’m here to help.
Your gift will make a lasting impact by helping save lives for years to come.
Cheryl J. Smoot
National Assistant Vice President,
Individual and Planned Giving
We are here to answer any questions and to discuss these options to achieve your personal and philanthropic goals. Please email us with any questions you may have.