Breathe easy, Alaska

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Photo credit: American Lung Association Alaska 


Last weekend we were honored to join in the American Lung Association for their Breathe Easy Breakfast at the Bill Sheffield Alaska Railroad Depot. The brunch and fundraiser brought together supporters of the American Lung Association to focus on the mission of breathing easier.

At the brunch, American Lung Association in Alaska board members Julie Hasquet, Dara Glass and Patty Ginsburg shared their LUNG FORCE hero stories. The LUNG FORCE is comprised of people who have been touched by lung cancer, survivors and caregivers. Only half of Americans diagnosed with lung cancer survive one year. To change that, we need to hear the stories of survivors, researchers and doctors. Be a hero, share your story at

The American Lung Association also recognized Senator Peter Micciche for his significant work to improve the health and lives of Alaskans by sponsoring the Smokefree Alaska bill for five consecutive years. On Oct. 1, the Smokefree Alaska Law was implemented.

Dr. Aaron Kusano, who has been involved with Smokefree Alaska for a number of years, shared the effects of secondhand smoke and the importance of population-based approaches to health, like the Smokefree Alaska law. He also recounted his personal story of growing up in a restaurant in Anchorage before the smokefree ordinance. He finished by explaining the opportunity lung cancer screening provides for improving outcomes and survivability.

Lung cancer detected earlier increases its survivability so this Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we encourage you and your loved ones to quit smoking and get screened.