White House recognizes Wheaton resident as lung health advocate


Share
Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 4:44 pm
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Press release submitted by Chris Lackner

White House recognizes Wheaton resident and American Lung Association volunteeras public health "Champion of Change"

On Tuesday, July 9th, the White House will honor eleven people as "Champions of Change" who are working on the front lines to protect public health in a changing climate. These Champions are raising awareness about the health consequences of carbon pollution and helping their communities prepare for climate-related health impacts.

Among the recipients of this honor is Wheaton, Ill. resident and American Lung Association volunteer Daniel Dolan-Laughlin. Dolan-Laughlin is a retired railroad executive and the recent recipient of a life-saving double lung transplant. Suffering for many years with debilitating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), he has first-hand experience with today's air pollution–related health risks. As an active advocate for a healthier breathing environment, Dolan-Laughlin has given testimony in EPA hearings regarding power plant pollution and automobile tailpipe emissions. He also volunteers his time to meet with government officials in association with the American Lung Association in support of stronger clean air regulations. He regularly leads Lung Association "Better Breathers Club" meetings to help others cope with COPD.

The Champions of Change program was created as an opportunity for the White House to feature groups of Americans – individuals, businesses and organizations – who are doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities.

To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 9:45 am CDT on July 9th. For more information about Better Breathers Clubs, contact the American Lung Association at 1-800-LUNG-USA.

###


About the American Lung Association in Illinois: Our mission is 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.LungIL.org.

















 



Local events heading








  Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground.
1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater.
1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu.
1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."






(More History)