Hundreds of People Support the American Lung Association's Fight For Air Walk in Fontana

(October 5, 2010)


October 5, 2010

Breathing clean air is one of the basic ingredients of good health, and that's why the local chapter of the American Lung Association held its Fight For Air Walk in Fontana on Oct. 2.

More than 300 people gathered at Fontana Park to breathe in the fresh air and to support the Lung Association's local programs and advocacy work.

Terry Roberts, the organizer of the event, said everybody in the Inland Empire is susceptible to problems associated with poor air quality -- especially children and senior citizens.

"Close to 700,000 people are living with lung disease today in the Inland Empire; that's a tremendous amount of people," she said.

In the 2010 State of the Air Report, the Lung Association ranked the cities of San Bernardino and Riverside as two of the most polluted cities in the nation.

"Air pollution causes and aggravates lung conditions including asthma, lung cancer, emphysema, and chronic lung disease," Roberts said. "We walk because everyone deserves to breathe clean and healthy air."

She was very thankful for all the dedicated volunteers and walkers who showed up to participate in the annual fundraiser.

"Every person here today is truly passionate about why we're here," she said.

She was also thankful for the support of the City of Fontana's Healthy Fontana program as well as the contributions of sponsors such as the Century Group of Newspapers (including the Fontana Herald News).

Roberts was glad to be able to hold the walk at Fontana Park for the second straight year.

"Everybody loves Fontana Park," she said. "It's a really beautiful setting; it's a perfect venue for this."

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