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"Blow the Whistle on Asthma"
Saturday, June 7, 2008
Boom Island, Minneapolis
8 a.m.
Why do we need to "Blow the Whistle on Asthma"?
  •  1 in 15 Minnesota children have asthma
  • 1 in 12 Minnesota adults have asthma
  • Asthma is among the top 10 emergency department diagnoses
  • Minneapolis and Saint Paul Public Schools alone, more than 8,000 students have asthma
  • Minnesota paid $209 million in hospitalization, emergency department visits and medication in 2003. 
  • Minnesota paid $155 million in indirect cost of lost school and work days, in 2003.
Source: Minnesota Department of Health
What do my funds support?
  • $150.00-Trains a facilitator to teach smoking cessation
  • $200.00-Sponsors an Open Airways class (asthma education) to one school
  • $250.00-Provides 25 toll-free calls to our Lung HelpLine staffed by RNs and respiratory therapists
  • $800.00-Provides a scholarship for one child with asthma to attend asthma camp
How Can I Get Involved? 
Form a Family/Friends Team:  Invite family, friends and anyone who is interested together for a morning of fun! As a team you will keep each other motivated and on track to meet your fundraising goals. 
Form a Corporate Team:  Create a corporate team to participate is a great, no-cost way to boost morale, foster teambuilding, and raise company visibility - all while raising money for a great cause!  Utilize Walk brochures and posters to motivate your co-workers.  Show off your company logo by wearing your corporate t-shirt to the walk. 
Walk as an Individual:  You can participate in the Walk as an individual, not part of a team. 
Raise Funds:  You will have access to your own web page to send e-mails asking for pledges.  Track your progress and follow-up on donations made in your honor.  The average walker raises $100.00. 
Corporate Partner:  Ask your company if they would like to be a partner in the fight against asthma.  Sponsorship will not only contribute to the success of the event but will provide sponsors with unparalleled marketing exposure.  By becoming an official sponsor, your company will enhance its image while supporting its employees and the search for a cure for blood cancers.  For more information about becoming a corporate sponsor please contact Gary Benedict at (651) 268-7613. 
Volunteer:  Volunteers contribute their time, expertise and ideas to help make the event a success.  From recruitment, to motivating participants, to on-site roles and responsibilities, there is a volunteer position to fit your needs.  Please contact Jennifer Schroeder at (651) 223-9561 to get involved. 
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can be on my team?  Anyone!  All teams can consist of family, friends, co-workers and anyone interested in joining.  The goal is to have the biggest team and raise the most amount of money!  

Do I have to raise money to attend the Walk?  The average participant raises a minimum of $100; raising money is not a requirement but strongly encouraged and appreciated.   The Asthma Walk is a fundraiser and the proceeds support Asthma Camp Scholarships, educational programs and community awareness initiatives.  We ask that you do raise money and/or make a personal donation.


If we form a team, will we each still get incentive prizes?  Incentives are awarded on an individual participant basis.  Each participant is asked to raise a minimum of $100 and you will receive the official 2008 Asthma Walk t-shirt! 


How far is the Walk? The Walk route is an estimated 3.5 miles. 


Can I turn in my money early? Yes!  You are strongly encouraged to mail or drop off your donations to the American Lung Association prior to the walk.  Do not mail cash.  You can turn in your donations the day of the Walk if you choose.


What if it rains? The Walk will be held- rain or shine!


How does the team raise money for the American Lung Association Asthma Walk?  Team Captains and Team Members fundraise independently by asking people they know and by sending fundraising letters (or emails!). The team can also do fundraising as a group by holding casual days, raffles; bake sales, auctions, etc.  The American Lung Association staff is on hand to help you every step of the way. 
What can my company do to support the Asthma Walk?  A company can help support the Asthma Walk by encouraging participation within the company. This can be done in a number of ways: become a corporate sponsor, participate on a team, send out a memo to all employees asking for full participation in the Asthma Walk, host an information meeting at the company's location, or provide matching gifts for donations to the American Lung Association.
How is the money collected? Each team member will collect donations themselves.  They can mail them to the American Lung Association directly or give them to their team captain to turn in.  Donations can be turned in the day of the event, but it is highly encouraged to mail your donations to the American Lung Association at 490 Concordia Ave St. Paul, MN 55103 before the event. 
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