BC Lung Association Volunteer Director Tom DeSorcy urges Fraser Valley residents to donate generously to the Christmas Seals campaign and show support for healthy lungs all year round. (Submitted photo)

Christmas Seals campaign helps British Columbians breathe easier

One in five Canadians have lung disease such as COPD or asthma

In the weeks leading up to Christmas, British Columbians have the opportunity to raise money for lung health. And it’s a tradition that has been going on for over a century.

The BC Lung Association says it depends on the generosity of donors to continue to fund ground-breaking research and public education regarding lung disease and clean air.

Since 1908, Canadians have made a difference in the lives of people with lung disease by supporting the Christmas Seals campaign. At first, Christmas Seals helped in the crusade against tuberculosis. Today, Christmas Seals and the work of The Lung Association extends to chronic lung diseases like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD,) preventing tobacco use, and advocating for healthier air quality.

“Christmas Seals are a symbol of hope,” says Tom DeSorcy, Volunteer BC Lung Association Director for Fraser Valley. “We thank all of our donors for their generosity and ask Canadians who are concerned about healthy lungs and healthy air to give generously to the Christmas Seals campaign.”

“We hope British Columbians give as much as they can this holiday season,” says DeSorcy. “Every donation, large or small, helps get us closer to that goal.”

Those wishing to make a donation can do so by calling 604-731-5864 or toll free 1-800-665-5864 outside the Lower Mainland. Supporters can also visit www.bc.lung.ca for more information or to donate online.

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