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1904: National Association for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis is formed. First nationwide, voluntary health organization aimed at conquering a specific disease.
1907: First Christmas Seals are printed and sold to raise money for a cash-strapped TB sanitorium on the Brandywine River in Delaware.
1929: National Association supports research into how to improve X-ray machines and techniques.
1930-1940: National Association teams with public health system to conduct mass screenings using tuberculin skin tests and chest X-rays.
1948: National Association launches fellowships program at universities, producing many leading pulmonologists.
1958: National Association adds asthma, emphysema, and other lung diseases to its portfolio.
1960: First anti-tobacco campaign begins.
1963: "Clean Air Committees" established.
1973: Name changed to American Lung Association.
1984: "The Asthma Handbook" issued.
1993: ALA, under President Lee Reichman’s direction, successfully campaigns to double federal appropriations for TB project grants, from $15.3 million to $34.4 million, and makes $39.3 million in emergency grants.