Volunteer Spotlight: The Conleys

American Lung Association celebrates volunteer appreciation week

Augusta, ME (April 18, 2012)

Conley familyThe week of April 15th, 2012 is recognized as National Volunteer Week. The American Lung Association celebrates their beloved volunteers year-round, but recognizes truly exceptional volunteers on this occasion.

The Conleys – Mark, Lisa and 11-year-old-Jake – have been passionate advocates in the Fight for Air, often traveling with American Lung Association staff and volunteers to speak about air pollution, and the importance of the Clean Air Act. Jake has suffered from asthma for most of his life, and the Conleys often share personal stories of his struggles, which are exacerbated by poor air quality.

“The Conley family has put a face on the need to protect the Clean Air Act. They have shown the Act's importance to working families across the nation,” said Jeff Seyler, President & CEO for the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Mark, Lisa and Jake are often interviewed by the media, both locally and nationally. They have spoken at numerous press events on behalf of the Lung Association, and have even traveled to Washington to speak directly with legislators. As small business owners, Mark and Lisa have even been able to articulate the healthcare cost implications of air pollution.

The Conleys have a truly personal tie to the mission of the American Lung Association and have dedicated countless hours advocating for their cause. They have lent their personal experiences to the public and opened their lives up as an example of the consequences air pollution can have on public health, especially those living with lung disease.

For more on the Clean Air Act and the Fight for Air visit fightingforair.org.

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