American Lung Association

09.30.2010 American Lung Association Comments Off on Walk For Better Breathing

Walk For Better Breathing

Assembly Member Wilmer Amina Carter welcomes guests to a previous American Lung Association in California Healthy Air Walk.

(Fontana, CA) – The American Lung Association in California will host its Fight for Air Walk on Saturday, October 2, at Fontana Park to raise funds and awareness in support of healthy lungs and healthy air.  The Fight For Air Walk is a 2.5 mile walk that attracts participants of all ages and abilities.

“Californians breathe some of the worst air in the nation,” says Terry Roberts, Area Director for the American Lung Association in California – Inland Empire. “In the 2010 State of the Air Report, the American Lung Association ranked the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside as two of the most polluted cities in the nation. Air pollution causes and aggravates lung conditions including asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, and chronic lung disease. We walk because everyone deserves to breathe clean and healthy air.”

This year’s Fight for Air Walk has attracted a unique group of participants including:

· Jennifer Smith of Hesperia, walking in memory of her daughter, Michelle, who lost her life to asthma.  Jennifer and her family want to raise awareness about the severity of asthma, and wish to help other children who struggle to breathe everyday.

· Gabriel Lloyd and his team of family and friends, the Asthma All Stars, walking for the fourth year in a row.  Gabriel was diagnosed with severe asthma at the age of 2, and although his asthma is now under control, he is still affected by the unhealthy air he breathes.

· Karen O’Cull lost her mother, father, and grandfather to lung cancer.  She is walking to honor their memories, and to expose the deadly effects of smoking.  Karen wants to raise awareness about the connection between smoking and lung cancer in the hopes of saving lives.

Lung disease is the third leading cause of death in the United States, and is responsible for one in seven deaths nationwide.   Lung cancer is the nation’s leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, killing more people than breast, colorectal prostate, and pancreatic cancers combined. Lung disease is particularly prevalent in California.  Ninety percent of Californians live in areas with unhealthy air, contributing to breathing problems for the nearly five million of our state’s citizens afflicted with asthma, including nearly one million children.

Online registration is open until Thursday, September 30 at www.FightForAirWalk.org.  On-site registration will begin at 8:00 a.m.  For more information, the public should contact Terry Roberts at (909) 884-5864 or visit www.FightForAirWalk.org <http://www.FightForAirWalk.org>

Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org/california. <http://www.lungusa.org/california.>

09.08.2010 American Lung Association Comments Off on Community Leaders Join American Lung Association Board

Community Leaders Join American Lung Association Board

Dr. Allen Merritt of Loma Linda is a new American Lung Association board member. Photo by Chris Sloan

Kraig Strom is a new member of the American Lung Association board.

Leslie Pollard of Riverside is a new member of the American Lung Association board.

Laura Ellers of Hesperia is a new member of the American Lung Association board. Photo by Chris Sloan

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.)  There are 58 counties in California. The Pollution Information Site lists them by degree of air quality, from worst to best. Riverside County is number 10 and San Bernardino 11. There’s a lot of work to be done.

Terry Roberts, the Inland Empire area director of the American Lung Association, has her hands full. She oversees all regional programs, heads the numerous and important fundraising efforts, directs the volunteer and office staff and coordinates the goals and membership of the organization’s Leadership Board.

“We have an 11-member board,” she says, “for both counties. They provide guidance and direction, but also take on tasks in their professional specialties. The board is of vital importance to the area’s American Lung Association work.”

The national effort for more than a century has evolved from initially battling tuberculosis to now “Fighting for Air.” In the Inland Empire the American Lung Association has been fighting that good fight for 80-plus years.

Roberts, who lives in Crestline, has most recently been tasked with finding four new members for the Leadership Board, adding Leslie Pollard as chair of the Executive Committee, plus Kraig Strom, Laura Ellers and Dr. Allen Merritt.

Pollard is the vice president of Community Partnerships and Diversity of Loma Linda University,

Strom is a certified financial planner with Team Financial Partners and is also a chartered financial consultant, for nearly three years Ellers has been the director of Respiratory Care at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton and Dr. Merritt heads Pediatrics and Neonatology at Loma Linda’s Children’s Hospital.

Leslie Pollard has lived in Riverside twice, the latest time for 14 years.

“I work at Loma Linda Medical Center on the preventative side of health care as the vice president for Community Partnerships,” he said. “This new board position is my first time with the American Lung Association. Last summer I did a presentation to the Nonprofit Executive Network in San Bernardino, and afterward Terry Roberts came to me and asked me to join their leadership board. I was both honored and excited. I want to bring attention and awareness to the American Lung Association here. I’ll be also identifying allies of the association from the general public as well as organizations.”

Kraig Strom met Roberts at a Planned Giving Roundtable, “planned giving” meaning the actions of people interested in making charitable donations to worthy causes and organizations.

His new board position also marks his first involvement with the area’s American Lung Association. “I approached Terry,” he recalls, “at the event early this year, and offered my services to connect the organization with local donors who can help her group accomplish its valuable goals of keeping us breathing healthy air instead of what we in the Inland Empire take in now.” In addition, Strom wants to help increase public knowledge of the organization’s work.

“Lung cancer and lung disease,” he says, “lack the public awareness of, say, breast cancer, but are also very significant killers.”

Laura Ellers was born in San Bernardino, raised in Redlands and has resided in Hesperia for 20 years. “I’ve been involved with the American Lung Association in the Inland Empire for five years,” she says. With a grandson suffering with asthma, respiratory care has been a major priority for her, even involving taking part in the American Lung Association’s annual fundraising walk. “I’ve been with the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for about 20 years,” she points out, “and heading the respiratory care department now is what I care most about, and bringing that experience and knowledge to the Leadership Board is a blessing.”

Dr. Allen Merritt, a member of the American Thorasic Society of the American Lung Association, has lived in Loma Linda about four years, since joining the staff at Loma Linda University. “I specialize in lung problems of premature babies, problems that far too often stem from parental smoking, and even second and third-hand smoke’s effects on newborns. Fully 20 percent of premature births can be attributed to smoking by the mother or father, often both.” Also a member of the American Lung Association in Oregon, he now sets sights on “educating our public about the harmful side of smoking, on the one hand, as effectively as does the tobacco industry on the other.”

Other members of the area’s American Lung Association leadership board are Barbara Cole, registered nurse with the Riverside County Dept. of Public Health; Carl Dameron, Creative Director of Dameron Communications; Dr. Joe Corless, pediatrics consultant; David Madsen, senior. public information specialist with the South Coast Air Quality Management District; Lisha Smith, deputy chief of staff for San Bernardino County’s Fifth District Supervisor Josie Gonzales; Penny Stone, registered nurse with  Riverside Unified School District; and Wendy Williams, director of marketing for Omnitrans.

Terry Roberts says, “Our leadership board is stronger than ever. The next few years will be among our most effective in leading the way in our organization’s fight for clean air.”

For more information, call Terry Roberts at (909) 884-5864.

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10.27.2009 American Lung Association Comments Off on Support American Lung Association at Ontario Reign Hockey Games

Support American Lung Association at Ontario Reign Hockey Games

(Ontario, Calif.) Inland Empire residents can enjoy a professional sporting event while at the same time helping the American Lung Association in California.

The Inland Empire chapter has partnered with the Ontario Reign to raise money.  The Ontario Reign will donate a portion of the proceeds to the chapter for tickets ordered for either the Friday, Oct. 30 home opener or the Saturday, Oct. 31 “Go Green Night” through a special promotion.

“Ontario Reign games are great fun for the whole family, and for that reason, many of us at the American Lung Association in California have been supporting them since their first season last year,” said Terry Roberts, director of the Inland Empire chapter. “Now they’re helping us. By working together, we can have fun and help the Inland Empire to breathe better.”

To receive tickets that are part of the fundraiser, call Gregory R. Mejia at (909) 941-7838. The tickets Mejia is making available will be the regular admission price of $12, but anyone who orders through him will not have to pay a $3 per ticket surcharge that is levied on tickets bought at Citizens’ Business Bank Arena, the home of the Ontario Reign.

The American Lung Association was established in 1904 and was instrumental in its first 52 years in nearly eradicating tuberculosis. In 1956, it expanded its mission to fight all forms of lung disease. In its last five decades, it has also strived to reduce tobacco use and air pollution, both of which are serious threats to lung health.

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09.24.2009 American Lung Association Comments Off on Annex Angels and Other Preschool Workers Walk To Give Children Help With Breathing

Annex Angels and Other Preschool Workers Walk To Give Children Help With Breathing

All six of these brothers and sisters have coped with asthma from an early age, which gives their mother, Rosalie Salazar, plenty of experience as she now deals with many asthmatic preschool students whom she teaches at the Westside Annex Preschool in San Bernardino. Out of concern for the many children she knows with asthma, Salazar is the Westside Annex Angels’ team captain in the Healthy Air Walk, taking place Saturday, Oct. 3 at Fontana Park in Fontana.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Head Start Preschool employees know that many of their students face adversities. The program exists to give these economically disadvantaged children a head start in life.

For many of these children, one of the hardest things in their life is breathing. They have asthma, and sometimes even more severe lung disease.

“Sometimes we have to give them treatments with aerochambers and inhalers,” said Rosalie Salazar, a teacher at the Westside Annex Preschool. “They are little children, too young to understand why they have to inhale, so the aerochambers allow them to use their inhalers while breathing normally.”

It’s heart breaking to the staff of Head Start preschools to see these very young children struggle with something as simple as breathing. For that reason, staff and parents at many Head Start preschools in the Inland Empire have formed teams to walk in the American Lung Association in California’s largest fundraiser of the year, the Healthy Air Walk.

These teams will participate in the walk scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3 at Fontana Park, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana. To learn more about this event, go to www.healthyairwalk.org or call (909) 884-5864.

Salazar serves as team captain for the group from Westside Annex Head Start, a team of eight staff and parents called Annex Angels. She’s a natural for this position, because not only has she been helping preschoolers with asthma for awhile, she is also a mother of six children, ages 7 through 20, who suffer from the disease.

“All of my children have asthma, but neither I nor their father has it,” she said. “I think it is because the air is so much dirtier than when I was growing up in Ontario.”

Her oldest child was diagnosed with asthma when he was a year old, she said. Since then, she’s become an expert, administering medication to her own children thousands of times, and learning about the various breathing apparatus asthmatics require, such as aerochambers and nebulizers (a non-portable device that combines air and liquid medication and mists it into an asthma patient’s lungs).

Salazar came to most of her knowledge about asthma independently. When she started working for Head Start, a state agency, she learned it works with the American Lung Association in California, which provides training to preschool workers in how they must manage their students’ asthma, and to help them educate these children’s families.

Last year, Salazar participated in the Healthy Air Walk, with her supervisor serving as team captain. This year, her supervisor was not able to serve as team captain again, and when it came time to pick a replacement, the rest of the staff thought Salazar best qualified.

“I said I would do it,” she said. “I want to help raise money to help children with their breathing, and to educate them and their parents about asthma. Everyone should know how important this is.”

The American Lung Association was established in 1904 and was instrumental in its first 52 years in nearly eradicating tuberculosis. In 1956, it expanded its mission to fight all forms of lung disease. In its last five decades, it has also strived to reduce tobacco use and air pollution, both of which are serious threats to lung health.

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09.10.2009 American Lung Association Comments Off on Mom’s Asthma Turns 15 Year Old Into Spokesperson for American Lung Association

Mom’s Asthma Turns 15 Year Old Into Spokesperson for American Lung Association

15-year-old Otana Jakpor is a spokesperson for the American Lung Association in California – Inland Counties chapter because of her knowledge about air pollution, a subject she is especially interested in because of her mother’s severe case of asthma.

For her study on the pulmonary effects of indoor air purifiers, Otana Jakpor, 15, has become a recognized expert on air pollution. The Environmental Protection Agency awarded her one of its Environmental Youth Awards for 2008 (one is given in each of 10 regions of the EPA), thus earning her recognition from then President and Mrs. Bush at the White House.

At 15, Otana Jakpor is already a senior at Woodcrest Christian School in Riverside. Next year, she plans to begin university preparation for medical school. Since she is already recognized by the American Lung Association and many others as an expert on the subject, she will also study environmental health.

(RIVERSIDE, Calif.) It seems natural that Otana Jakpor would have an interest in air pollution. As long as she can remember, her mother Karen has battled severe asthma.

Otana’s focused studies on air pollution, starting with a science project she did just for fun two years ago that analyzed the effects of air purifiers, make her a recognized expert on the subject. She’s presented testimony at state and national hearings, as well as at events for the American Lung Association in California – Inland Counties Chapter.

One of these upcoming events is the Healthy Air Walk, taking place Oct. 3 at Fontana Park, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana. To learn more about this event, which is the Inland Counties chapter’s largest fundraiser for the Association’s efforts to prevent and educate people about air pollution, go to www.healthyairwalk.org or call (909) 884-5864.

As Otana sees it, the American Lung Association needs this money to fund both education and research, both of which are important in helping people overcome the debilitating effects of air pollution.

“The air we breathe needs to be protected,” she said. “It’s great to have scientific research, but if people don’t know about it, the research is not going to help anybody.”

Her knowledge on air pollution also led to a summer internship this year with the University of Southern California, where she performed community outreach and education on this topic, as well as helped with scientific research conducted by the university. All before starting her senior year of high school, which she did on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Karen Jakpor was diagnosed with asthma in 1996. Otana was then 3 years old, and started out by helping Mom take her medicine.

“She would put my medicine into my nebulizer (a tool that combines air or oxygen and liquid medication for quick inhalation) for me,” Karen said. “She called it my bubble medicine.”

In 2004, Karen was pregnant with a second daughter, Jibiana, now 5. Otana took on a much greater role as Mom’s care provider during the pregnancy.

“It was an extremely high risk pregnancy and the hospitals in Riverside weren’t equipped to handle it,” said Karen, who is herself a former physician who practiced in Riverside.

“I had to be delivered at Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles, and because of complications, I had to live near the hospital. My husband Riase wasn’t able to come with us because of his work, so I rented an apartment where Otana and I lived that summer. She helped me whenever I had an asthma attack, and sometimes with basic needs like cooking and cleaning. She was only 10 years old.”

After Karen gave birth to Jibiana, life returned to normal, at least as the Jakpors know it. Karen has been in the hospital or emergency room with asthma 47 times over the last 12 years. If the air quality in Riverside is less than good, as has been the case most days since the Station Fire in Los Angeles County and other wildfires closer to Riverside, breathing is a struggle for Karen.

But, other than that one summer, Otana has enjoyed a normal childhood that for the past few years has focused mainly on school and friends. However, with aspirations of becoming a doctor, Otana is especially interested in science and research.

In 2007, as a 13-year-old, she read an article in Consumer Reports magazine indicating indoor air purifiers may actually add to the air pollution inside a home, as they emit ozone, a component of smog. But there were no published studies showing how this would impact people’s breathing ability.

Since Karen owns several types of respiratory monitors, Otana decided to use them to study the effects of these air purifiers. She borrowed purifiers from her mom and other people, and recruited 24 of her friends to come to her house and test their ability to breathe while using the purifiers.

Based on her research, Otana determined many of the purifiers were, in fact, emitting enough ozone to render indoor air unhealthy, and that this impaired breathing ability, especially among her friends with asthma.

She then learned the California Air Resources Board was attempting to regulate the amount of ozone air purifiers sold in California could emit. She submitted her research to this agency, which in turn asked her to present her study in an upcoming public hearing.
“The hearing room was packed with people,” Karen Jakpor said. “But many of these people sold air purifiers for a living.

“They said things like “My air purifiers save lives and you’re trying to take away my family’s livelihood,” she said. “A lobbyist for the industry stated ‘there are no studies proving any link between air purifiers and increased ozone.’ The CARB staff just smiled, because they knew Otana’s turn to speak was coming.”

Otana’s testimony led to a ruling by the California Air Resources Board making California the first state to limit how much ozone indoor air purifiers could generate. Purifiers now must generate 50 parts per billion ozone or less.

After the hearing Terry Roberts, director of the American Lung Association in California’s Inland Counties chapter approached Otana, and asked her to volunteer as a spokesperson during upcoming hearings and other public events. This has given Otana an outlet to publicly share more about air pollution, and to urge passage of legislation that will reduce pollution’s impact on the air we breathe.

Karen also became involved with the American Lung Association then, serving as a member of its Indoor Air Quality Committee.

The American Lung Association battles air pollution and other threats to respiratory health on many fronts. One is in the legislative arena, by lobbying for regulations such as the one Otana helped pass by sharing her findings about indoor air purifiers. Another is by teaching people about air pollution and what they can do to prevent it. A third is by funding formal research studies about air pollution.

The American Lung Association was established in 1904 and was instrumental in its first 52 years in nearly eradicating tuberculosis. In 1956, it expanded its mission to fight all forms of lung disease. In its last five decades, it has also strived to reduce tobacco use and air pollution, both of which are serious threats to lung health.

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08.27.2009 American Lung Association Comments Off on Barbecue Raises Awareness and Money to Fight Deadly Lung Disease

Barbecue Raises Awareness and Money to Fight Deadly Lung Disease


Michelle Thompson (right) in 2007 with her little sister, Natalee Smith. Michelle died a year later from asthma. Her mother, Jennifer Smith, is holding a barbecue on Sept. 5 in Hesperia, in Michelle’s memory, to raise money for the American Lung Association. She is also organizing a team to walk in the American Lung Association’s Healthy Air Walk on Oct. 3 at Fontana Park.

(HESPERIA, Calif.) Michelle Thompson, then 16, died a year ago from asthma. Death from childhood asthma is rare, but Michelle’s mom wants to make it even more so.

“My daughter died a horrible death, and it could have been prevented,” said mom Jennifer Smith. “My hope is that no more children will die the way she did.”

One of the ways Jennifer Smith has worked through her grief is by volunteering with the American Lung Association in California’s Inland Empire chapter. As the organization prepares for its Healthy Air Walk, its largest fundraiser of the year, Smith is organizing a team to walk in Michelle’s memory.

The team, which so far consists of Smith and four other High Desert-area volunteers, is hosting a barbecue Saturday, Sept. 5 at Albertson’s grocery store, 16840 Main Street, Hesperia. It lasts from 11 a.m. until food is no longer available.

The team hopes to raise $1,600, a goal Smith chose because of her daughter’s age when she died.
Along with others from the Inland Empire, the team from Hesperia will participate in the Inland Empire Healthy Air Walk on Saturday, Oct. 3 at Fontana Park, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana. Healthy Air Walks are held throughout California to raise money for programs that reduce air pollution and prevent lung disease, including asthma.

Smith volunteers with the American Lung Association in California’s Inland Empire chapter because it proved to be a valuable source of information about asthma.

“Before Michelle died, I didn’t realize people could die from asthma,” said Smith. “I had a lot of questions, and was seeking a place to find answers. The American Lung Association was that place.”

Now that she knows more about asthma, Smith is working with the American Lung Association in two other areas as well. One of her goals is educating the public about asthma, from families where a member suffers from this chronic disease, to health care providers, school workers and others one might rely on during an asthma attack.

Her other goal is working with the American Lung Association in California to help California’s Legislature create a comprehensive plan for dealing with asthma. The current plan varies from county to county, Smith noted, and two hospitals or schools within a county often take different approaches. The American Lung Association in California’s website calls these approaches “piecemeal at best.”

“Asthma can be deadly,” Smith said. “But it’s a death that is preventable.”

The American Lung Association was established in 1904 and was instrumental in its first 52 years in nearly eradicating tuberculosis. In 1956, it expanded its mission to fight all forms of lung disease. In its last five decades, it has also strived to reduce tobacco use and air pollution, both of which are serious threats to lung health.

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08.19.2009 American Lung Association Comments Off on American Lung Association in California Announces 2009 Inland Empire Healthy Air Walk

American Lung Association in California Announces 2009 Inland Empire Healthy Air Walk


Save the Date! Saturday, October 3, 2009, Fontana Park, Fontana

(San Bernardino, CALIF.) – The American Lung Association in California holds its annual Healthy Air Walk – Inland Empire on Saturday, October 3, 2009. The 3-mile fundraising walk begins and ends at Fontana Park in the City of Fontana.

Registration begins at 8:00 am and the Walk begins at 9:15 am. Concerned citizens from all over the Inland Empire will come together to raise money and awareness for this Healthy Air movement so we can all breathe easier.

Held in communities across the state, the Walks bring people together whose sole purpose is to raise funds for programs that reduce air pollution and prevent lung disease.

Other events are planned for

  • Greater LA: Saturday, October 3, Downtown Burbank
  • Orange County: Sunday, October 4, UCI, Aldrich Park

To sign up for the walk or recruit a team, participants can go directly to www.healthyairwalk.org, or call 800-586-4872.

Californians breathe some of the unhealthiest air in the nation. Ozone (smog) and particle pollution (soot) cause 6,100 hospital admissions for respiratory diseases; 1,500 hospital admissions for cardiovascular disease; and 210,000 cases of asthma and lower-respiratory symptoms. An estimated 20,000 premature deaths each year in California are linked to particle pollution.

Air pollution is costly both in lives and dollars, causing an estimated $1.6 billion in associated hospital and medical expenses as well as 1.4 million lost workdays each year in California.

The American Lung Association in California actively works to reduce harmful air pollution and protect lung health, successfully fighting for landmark legislation in 2006 which set the nation’s first statewide cap on global warming pollution.

Despite strong opposition by the construction industry, the Association helped secure new regulations for off-road diesel equipment that will result in a 75-percent reduction in health-damaging diesel soot from off-road diesel engines by 2020.

Additionally, the Association has helped secure a number of laws to reduce car and truck emissions and our dependence on petroleum, and has fought for health-based air pollution standards that protect vulnerable populations, including children, the elderly, and people with lung diseases like asthma, COPD, and lung cancer.

To protect people from indoor air pollution, the cleaners cardiff helped secure legislation banning indoor “air cleaners” that actually emit ozone air pollution. We fund a number of lung disease studies each year, including research that establishes a clear connection between air pollution and lung disease.

The Association works to protect people from secondhand smoke and over the years has successfully fought for a number of model policies that reduce tobacco use and protect people from secondhand smoke, including the current landmark legislation putting tobacco under the jurisdiction of the FDA, which will become law this year.

The Healthy Air Walk vape shop – Inland Empire is sponsored by the City of Fontana, Healthy Fontana, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Omnitrans, Hilton Garden Inn – Fontana, BrightSource Energy, STIHL, Molina Healthcare and by media sponsors Dameron Communications, KABC7, KGGI 99.1, Radio Disney, Charter Communications, Century Group Newspapers, and Inland Empire Weekly.

About the American Lung Association
Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. With your generous support, the American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy. For more information about the American Lung Association, a Charity Navigator Four Star Charity and holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNG-USA (1-800-586-4872) or visit www.lungusa.org.

Contact: Jim Arnold, jarnold@alac.org or 213 384 5864.

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05.19.2009 American Lung Association Comments Off on AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF HEALTHY AIR WALK

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION KICKS OFF HEALTHY AIR WALK


Fontana Mayor Pro Tem Acquanetta Warren serves as the honorary chair of the Inland Empire Healthy Air Walk for the American Lung Association in California. On May 28, the American Lung Association will kick off this event with a reception at the Fontana Hilton Garden Inn.

(FONTANA, Calif.) The American Lung Association in California – Inland Empire will begin its largest fundraiser of the year, the Healthy Air Walk, with a kickoff reception Thursday, May 28 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fontana.

Reservations are required by May 20. Call (909) 884-5864 or email JKuester@alac.org to RSVP.

The Hilton is at 10543 Sierra Ave. The reception takes place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The reception will give participants information about the Inland Empire Healthy Air Walk, taking place Saturday, Oct. 3 at Fontana Park, 15556 Summit Ave., Fontana. Healthy Air Walks are held throughout California to raise money for programs that reduce air pollution and prevent lung disease.

These goals are crucial to the American Lung Association – Inland Empire, as San Bernardino and Riverside counties are among 38 California counties that received failing grades for air quality.

“I am one of many people living in an area with poor air quality, and I am living with lung disease,” said Fontana Mayor Pro Tem Acquanetta Warren, the honorary chair of the Inland Empire Healthy Air Walk. “That’s why I support the mission of the American Lung Association to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.”

Warren will discuss her personal reasons for supporting the mission of the American Lung Association during this reception.

She and other members of the Air Walk’s executive committee will present information about how to take part in this year’s Air Walk.

Potential sponsors, corporate leaders, representatives of local businesses considering sponsoring a team and those who will serve as team captains are encouraged to attend the kickoff reception.

To sign up for the Inland Empire Air Walk itself, go to www.healthyairwalk.org (http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=312020) or call (909) 884-5864.

About the American Lung Association: Now in its second century, the American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The American Lung Association is “Fighting for Air” through research, education and advocacy.

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12.12.2008 American Lung Association Comments Off on Carl Dameron member of American Lung Association Leadership Council

Carl Dameron member of American Lung Association Leadership Council


Carl Dameron is a new member of the Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of California.

(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) Carl Dameron, founder and creative director of Dameron Communications, has been named a member of the Leadership Council for the American Lung Association of California.

This is Dameron’s second time serving this organization. He previously served on a governing board from 1997 through 2000.

“I am pleased to serve my community through the American Lung Association,” Dameron said. “I am particularly interested in helping asthma sufferers find the help they need to breathe easier.”

Through work with clients such as San Bernardino Tobacco Use Reduction Now, In The Zone Tobacco Free Project, African-American Health Institute of San Bernardino County, La Salle Medical Associates and even California Portland Cement Company, Dameron has gained a thorough understanding of how to preserve, promote and improve respiratory health. As a volunteer, he will use this expertise to help the American Lung Association of California reach its goal.

“Carl Dameron is committed to making the Inland Empire a healthier place, and we appreciate his willingness to work with the American Lung Association of California in our efforts,” said Area Director Terry Roberts. “His knowledge of the issues affecting respiratory health in our two-county area, and of how to promote good causes, will go a long ways in reducing lung disease here.”

About Dameron Communications
Since 1989 Dameron communications has creatively met the needs of our diverse client base locally, regionally and nationally. We are an award winning agency that creates integrated marketing solutions to increase sales and profits, win elections, inform the public or gain acceptance of a potentially controversial issues. We use our 20 years of communications knowledge and experience to advance our clients’ objectives.

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