Daniel Dolan-Laughlin

CHICAGO (December 20, 2013) – Two years ago, Daniel Dolan-Laughlin (from Wheaton, Ill.) was told he had three days to live. Multiple Fight for Air Walks, one Fight for Air Climb, and thousands of dollars raised since then, the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) survivor and double-lung transplant recipient continues to defy the odds and take action for clean air.

In fact, Dolan-Laughlin was honored this past summer at the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his volunteer efforts and work on the front lines to protect public health in the name of the American Lung Association. He was among 11 honorees and the only non-doctor or scientist.

A retired railroad executive and staunch American Lung Association volunteer, Dolan-Laughlin has given testimony in Environmental Protection Agency hearings regarding power plant pollution and automobile tailpipe emissions. He also serves on the Healthy Lung Expo committee for the Lung Association in Greater Chicago, volunteers to meet with government officials in support of stronger clean air regulations and regularly leads lung association “Better Breathers Club” meetings to help others cope with COPD.

We’re happy to report that he has no complications now and feels 25 years younger, and superstitiously doesn’t reveal his age. He’s a favorite at Lung Association events and we look forward to many more years with this true champion of clean air!