An Important Message from Anika Noni Rose
2012 Celebrity Spokesperson
It’s easy to take breathing for granted, but when I was diagnosed with asthma, I learned that every breath is precious.
While in my last year of grad school, I just couldn’t stop coughing. When performing a song, I couldn’t stay on pitch or catch my breath. Asthma had attacked the very thing that makes my living as an actor and singer – my voice, my air.
My asthma is under control now, and doesn’t slow me down. I’m writing to you, on behalf of the American Lung Association’s Christmas Seals® Campaign, to make sure that lung disease never stands in the way of anyone and their dreams.
Lung disease is a serious threat to each and every person. We all know someone who suffers from a life-threatening lung condition such as emphysema, lung cancer or asthma, just like me. Many of them literally fight for every breath.
Your gift can help fund vital research to find new treatments and hopefully, cures for lung diseases that affect 37 million people in the U.S. every year. Donations also help support educational programs to help people quit smoking and children never to start, and advocacy efforts to keep our air healthy to breathe.
Your gift, in any amount, will make a difference… maybe even a life or death difference for you or someone you love. My grandmother always taught me “If it’s to be, it’s up to me.” That’s why I’m proud to do my part to help the American Lung Association fight lung disease. Will you help? Please take a moment and write your check, payable to the American Lung Association. Your tax-deductible donation is a precious gift to those who struggle for every breath.
Anika Noni Rose
Christmas Seals® Chairperson