Posted Online: July 08, 2013, 4:44 pm

White House recognizes Wheaton resident as lung health advocate

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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.

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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.