Laverne & Bill Brown

Laverne BrownLaverne and Bill Brown are an integral part of the workings at the Independence, Ohio, office of the American Lung Association.  They form the core membership of volunteers who come regularly to the office to perform all sorts of tasks to assist the staff there.

Laverne has been associated with the American Lung Association since 1948 when she worked as a nurse at the Health Department in Cleveland.  At that time, the ALA was able to provide funding to patients for medicine.  As she changed jobs, she continued to volunteer for ALA.  She also involved her sister Phyllis and was part of a group of 5-6 who came to the office regularly to put together bulk mailings, information packets and program notebooks, created home-made pinwheels for children attending the annual Asthma Walk, and stuffed gift bags for the Celebrity Golf Event with towels, tees, visor caps and balls.  The group also volunteered for day-of-the-event duties, and when one of the group couldn’t make it, Laverne’s husband came as a substitute--which is how he became involved in volunteering at ALA.

Bill BrownLaverne and Bill really enjoy helping people and look forward to coming to the Independence office even on cold winter days.  They are very reliable too and no job is too difficult for them to tackle.  The Browns have also volunteered with the American Cancer Society, the Cleveland Public Library, Family Friends, and Pet Therapy.  They also volunteer at their local church.

The Browns enjoy reading, traveling, attending educational programs at their church, gardening, and watching the antics of their newly-acquired cat, a European Burmese named Queen Charm.

Laverne retired as a nurse at South West General Hospital in 1984 and Bill retired from the production staff at The Elyria Chronicle newspaper in 1996.

Laverne has a personal connection to lung disease as a survivor of tuberculosis.  At age 23, she spent 4 months in City Hospital (now MetroHealth Medical Center) recuperating.

The Independence Staff are always glad to see the Browns and happy that they are dedicated to providing assistance to our programs and events.