Mom Fights for Kids with Asthma

(August 22, 2012)

Lydia and Steph Rojas
Lydia Rojas and
her daughter Steph

If we ever need a reminder that asthma is a serious chronic disease, we only have to look to the Rojas family of California. In her recent guest blog, Lydia Rojas, an American Lung Association Healthy Air Campaign Volunteer, shares asthma’s tragic toll on her family, and how she’s channeled heartbreak into a fight for healthy air.

Lydia’s daughter, Steph, suffered from asthma her whole life. One tragic day, a severe asthma attack cut her life short. Steph was only 15. This horrible loss inspired Lydia to fight air pollution, so that other families would never experience what hers did.

“Simply breathing dirty air can be deadly for people with asthma,” Lydia explains. “Because no one should have to experience the pain my family has endured, it is time we get tough on soot and other forms of air pollution.”

Lydia has joined this fight at a critical time, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is preparing to update the standards that limit how much soot – one of the deadliest forms of air pollution – can be in our air. She testified before an EPA hearing in Sacramento, California to push for tighter, safer soot standards. She shared Steph’s story and urged EPA to take action to protect the millions of kids like her, whose lives are threatened by dirty air.

Now it’s time for you to lend your voice, and tell EPA to crack down on soot. Read Lydia’s blog and find out how easy it is for you to add your voice to hers.