Be Part of Our Lung Health Legacy: Our 2017 Season of Giving


by Darin E. Reyes

Save the date! Our 2017 Season of Giving campaign begins with Giving Tuesday on November 28. This year, we’re dedicating our campaign to you – the volunteers, supporters, and communities that have made the last 100 years of our lung health legacy possible.

When you support Breathe California Sacramento Region on Giving Tuesday, you’re not just making a donation – you’re becoming part of our lung health legacy.

Our organization was founded in 1917, when Sacramentans raised about $2000 to battle tuberculosis in our region. It was the beginning of a century of ground-breaking and creative solutions to the region’s greatest lung health threats, all made possible by support from our community.

  • In the 1910s, our in-home care program was made possible by local volunteer nurses.
  • In the 1920s, Weinstock’s department store donated space that allowed us to establish Sacramento’s first well baby clinic.
  • In the 1940s, the Elk Grove American Legion Post donated a trailer that allowed us to establish the nation’s first mobile lung x-ray screenings.
  • Since the 1970s, generations of Breathe Trekkers have fundraised for our lung health programs by hiking, skiing, canoeing, and biking throughout California.

These are just a few of the chapters in our history made possible by our supporters. That history continues today with Trekkers like Bob Roehrs, the medical professionals who make our free asthma screenings possible, and the Thumbs Up! Thumbs Down! student reviewers who make our tobacco data collection efforts possible.

From controlling tuberculosis in 1917 to generating clean energy in 2017, our success in helping Sacramento breathe easier would not have been possible without supporters like you. On Giving Tuesday, join our lung health legacy and support the next century of working towards a healthier and more sustainable Sacramento.

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