It's that time again, when I beg you to donate toward a good cause!
Spring is upon us. The sun is shining more often, and like temperatures your urge to donate to the American Lung Association (ALA) is on the rise!
Why the ALA you may ask? (If you don't have questions why you can jump to What's In It For Me?)
The ALA's mission is:
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. The American Lung Association has many programs and initiatives to fight lung disease. Among these are: LUNG FORCE, Freedom From Smoking, Asthma Basics, Better Breathers Clubs, Lung HelpLine, Open Airways For Schools, the Healthy Air Campaign, the Airways Clinical Research Centers Network and other programs encompassing research, healthy air, tobacco control and cessation, public/professional education and lung health advocacy.
This directly helps the 212,584 people in the United States who were diagnosed with lung cancer in 2013, including 111,907 men and 100,677 women. It also helps prevent another 156,176 people in the United States dying each year.
Don't take my word for it though, how about some testimonials:
"They gave me a quit date. I did everything they told me to do and I have never smoked again. They gave me the tools that showed me when I smoked and why I was smoking. It was like a miracle, truly like a miracle. I just kept going - and I'm still going. [Freedom From Smoking] saved my life. I am eternally grateful to the American Lung Association. They just work miracles, they really do. Kept me alive this many years. It was highly unlikely I was going to survive the winter and here I am, 10 years later. And I am so grateful that I met my two great-granddaughters—they wouldn't have met me if I hadn't had found this program." —Glady
"What helped me quit was knowing that the minute I craved for a cigarette, I was prepared. Plus knowing how much I smoked by doing Pack Tracks was a pain in the butt, excuse me, but it really helped! The other big thing was the group support. I never felt alone when I was quitting. I tried everything to quit before—I wish I had gone through [Freedom From Smoking] sooner." —Cathy
With ALA you also know your donation is truly serving the populations they say the are. CharityNavigator gives them a score of 82.33 out of 100. They spend 91.5% of donations directly on their mission, not overhead. They also get 86% of their funds from gifts, donations, and grants. That means that without your support, they cannot provide the services that compose their mission.
What's in it for me?
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