Lung Association Recognizes Outstanding Volunteers

(April 25, 2013)

The week of April 21st is recognized as National Volunteer Week. The American Lung Association celebrates its more than 311,000 nationwide volunteers year-round. This week we want to recognize our truly exceptional volunteers who are the recipients of our five annual volunteer awards. Each one represents, in their own special way, what it means to selflessly give to make our lifesaving mission a reality.

Mary Partridge, American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region - 2013 Will Ross Medal Recipient

Mary Partridge

Mary is symbolic of all that is wished for in a volunteer: dedicated, passionate, mission-oriented, reliable, talented, connected, giving, professional, hard-working, energetic, creative and so much more. She is the full volunteer package! » Read More

Luis Rodriguez, MD, American Lung Association of the Northeast - 2013 Bernard Gregory Award for Diversity Recipient

Luis Rodriguez

Dr. Rodriguez joined the American Lung Association in New York City Board of Directors in 2006, continuing on through the American Lung Association in New York State / American Lung Association in New York City merger and then through the American Lung Association in New York/ American Lung Association of the Northeast merger. He has served on the CEO Search Committee for American Lung Association in New York and on the Governance Committee from 2008 – 2010. He also served on the Merger Committee during the American Lung Association in New York/ American Lung Association of the Northeast merger process. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez has volunteered his time for seven years to educate hundreds of school nurses throughout New York City School District as part of the Open Airways for Schools program. During this same time he has volunteered to be the Spanish spokesperson for Rostros de la Gripe (Faces of Influenza), the Lung Association’s nationwide campaign that encourages influenza immunization among Hispanics. » Read More

Benjamin Gilbert, American Lung Association of the Southeast - 2013 Volunteer Excellence Award Recipient

Benjamin Gilbert

Over the last five years, Ben with the help from family and friends, has raised over $20,000 and volunteered over 500 hours of his time for the American Lung Association. He began volunteering when he was only 12 for a bar mitzvah project, and the Charleston, South Carolina staff says that they have never seen such commitment and devotion to a cause from someone so young. For the last five years, Ben has received the Highest Student Fundraiser Award at the Fight for Air Run/Walk. » Read More

Alan S. Peterson, MD, American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic - 2013 Volunteer Excellence Award Recipient

Alan S. Peterson

Over the decades, Alan S. Peterson, M.D., has used his position as Director of Community and Environmental Medicine and Associate Director of Family Practice Residency, with Lancaster General Health, in Pennsylvania, to advocate in the media and public forums for all manner of public health initiatives. He is a tireless promoter of immunization, including influenza immunization. His car carries the message, “R U Immunized” wherever he goes. He has championed smoke-free public places as long as decades ago when they were not yet the norm. Of course, he counsels his patients concerning smoking. And recently, he has become a fan of the Red Carriage theme of the Healthy Air Campaign » Read More

Michele Seekings, American Lung Association of Southeast - 2013 Volunteer Excellence Award Recipient

Michele Seekings

Michele Seekings is an asset to the mission and success experienced recently in the American Lung Association of the Southeast’s Coastal, South Carolina area. In just three years the area event gross has gone from $41,000 to a projected $232,000 for fiscal year 2012. She has been active for nearly a decade and has served as the Coastal Board Chair for the last three years. Michele and her husband Michael have been active in every event that has been held in Coastal, SC, for the past four years. She energetically serves on the run/walk committee and has been influential in changing the event from a walk to a run/walk. » Read More