SAINT PAUL, Minn., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ken Bence of Golden Valley, Minn. has been named as the Honorary Chairman of the Christmas Seals Campaign by the American Lung Association in Minnesota. Bence is director of community health initiatives for the State Public Programs division of Medica Health Plans and serves as a paid-on-call captain of the Golden Valley Fire Department. Bence was the top individual fundraiser in the American Lung Association in Minnesota's "Fight for Air" stair climb event in 2009 and 2010.
"As a health professional, and as a firefighter, I have seen the effects of lung disease in our community," Bence said. "Plus, I watched my Dad suffer from emphysema before he died two years ago. Buying and using Christmas Seals on holiday cards and packages is one way everyone can help fund vital research for lung cancer, COPD, asthma, as well as core programs of the American Lung Association."
Christmas Seals are the nation's oldest direct mail fundraising campaign, started in 1907 by volunteer Emily Bissell to save a struggling tuberculosis sanatorium in Delaware. Today, Christmas Seals support the statewide efforts of the American Lung Association in Minnesota in its fight for clean air, healthy lungs, and vital medical research.
Please watch your mail for your Christmas Seals, or order them online at www.ChristmasSeals.org.
SOURCE American Lung Association in Minnesota