Lung Champions

Who Are You Fighting For?

Join the American Lung Association in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease. The key to our success lies in the stories that touch our hearts and motivate us reach higher goals. 

If you have been touched by a “Lung Champion” advocate, survivor, or deceased loved one, we want to hear from you!

Biographies and written contributions will be showcased by the American Lung Association in a unique way, so that all will be able to truly commemorate the lives of those affected by lung-related illnesses.

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  • Donald P. Hatcher Hatcher thumb

    Donald Hatcher was diagnosed with lung cancer at the beginning of January 2010 and died on February 10, 2010. » More

  • Elexa Nosonchuk Elexa Nosonchuk thumb

    Elexa Nosonchuk suffers from Bronchiolitis obliterans, a type of children's interstitial lung disease. » More

  • Lauren Elizabeth Terrazzano Lauren Elizabeth Terrazzano

    In 2004, Lauren was 36 when she was diagnosed with stage 3 lung cancer. » More

  • Tristan Wilder Connors

    Our son Tristan was diagnosed with asthma at just 5 months old. » More

  • Robert J. Danahy

    Five years ago this March I lost my father to lung disease. » More

  • Frederick A. King Frederick King

    My grandfather was born in 1923: He served in World War II and fought in the Korean War. » More

  • Christine M Barrett

    I am doing the stair climb in honor of my mother-in-law, Chris. She was diagnosed with Lung Cancer back in March of 2009. She fought for 18 months, until she passed away August 29th 2010. » More

  • My Dad's Story Dad

    About 12 years ago my Dad was diagnosed with Lung Cancer. Probably the most devastating thing to hear is that one of your parents has cancer. » More

  • Kevin McNulty Kevin McNulty

    Kevin drove a truck for most of his adult life. He often complained that driving encroached on a social life, but he managed to make many friends during his lifetime; good friends both male and female. » More

  • Danny Holt

    Danny was strong, talented, smart and charismatic, the kind of guy everyone wanted to call their friend. » More

  • Erin O'Neil-Baker Erin O'Neil-Baker

    I was diagnosed with asthma at 6 months old in 1975 when there were very few medications and treatments for asthma. » More

  • Beth Ellis - Development Volunteer

    Emphysema, Asthma, COPD, Reactive Airway Disease - My family is riddled with lung disease. » More

  • Robert C. Hornyak

    Robert C. Hornyak was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and succumbed to the disease 13 months later at the young age of 39. » More

  • Puja and Pranava Kumar

    Both my children are asthmatics since birth. It has been quite a journey for me to get educated, learn and understand what lung disease is about. » More

  • Sharon Larkin Sharon Larkin

    My lung champion is my Aunt Sharon Larkin, who we recently lost to Lung Cancer this past May 2010. » More

  • Joanita M. Wilkinson

    My mom Joanita was diagnosed with COPD in her 40's, yet she continued to smoke. She finally quit several years ago after a hospitalization for COPD. » More

  • William “Bill” Doyer William Doyer

    My father was William “Bill” Doyer, born on May 29th 1940. He served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and fought in the Vietnam War. » More

  • Uncle Jay Uncle Jay

    My Uncle Jay is a man’s man. He enjoys working on cars, fishing and boating, and is always up for a local game dinner despite being blessed with three daughters and not a single son. » More

  • Sheila Waltman & Thomas Williamson Sheila Waltman-Thomas Williamson

    My Lung Champions are my mother, Sheila Waltman, and her brother (my uncle), Thomas Williamson. » More

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