Robert Linkul

Robert Linkul has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association in California for about a year, starting with the 2009 Healthy Air Walk in Sacramento.  Having just been diagnosed with a carcinoid tumor at the age of 28, Robert was eager to beat his illness and help the organization raise awareness about lung disease, as well as assist others who are experiencing the same problems that he has. 

Robert joined the Leadership Committee for the Inaugural Fight For Air Climb in Sacramento, and was instrumental in securing $5,000 in sponsorship for the event. Four months before the Climb, Robert underwent extensive surgery and even suffered from a collapsed lung. Despite his health problems, Robert was determined to continue his service, and even trained vigorously to prepare himself for the Climb. His efforts paid off as he was able to make it to the top, and raised the most funds for the organization – more than $3,000 – with his team, the Arden Hills "Team Extreme."

Last Saturday, June 5th, Robert participated in Sacramento's 2nd annual Healthy Air Walk, and was the top fundraiser with more than $2,000 raised for the organization. He was also a speaker at the Walk's Kick-Off Breakfast, where he spoke passionately about the dangers of air pollution and how everybody can do their part to help clean the air in their community.

Robert still volunteers in any capacity as needed, and is a true champion of lung health. His tireless dedication and support reminds us that one person can make a huge impact in the fight for healthy lungs and healthy air.