Benjamin Gilbert

Over the last five years, Benjamin Gilbert has volunteered over 500 hours of his time and – with help from family and friends – has raised over $20,000 for the American Lung Association of the Southeast. Ben began volunteering when he was just 12 years old for a bar mitzvah project. The Charleston office has never seen such commitment and devotion to a cause from someone so young.

For the last five years, Ben has received the Highest Student Fundraiser Award at the Charleston Fight for Air Run/Walk. Last October, he raised over $2,000 for the Run/Walk and plans to do the same this year through his team Ben’s Friends Against Asthma. He raises this funding through email and letter writing campaigns and by getting students at his school and other schools in the area involved in the cause. Ben is the youngest member of our Fight for Air Run/Walk Leadership Team.

Ben not only raises funding for lung disease research and local lung health programs, he also promotes awareness about the importance of lung health. Ben is an outstanding spokesperson for the American Lung Association. He has appeared on television shows and spoken at various schools in the community educating others about the importance of lung health and lung disease. He also serves as an admirable role model for younger teens and children. He emphasizes how important it is for young people to get involved in a cause they feel passionate about and how important it is to give back to the community.

Ben is a straight A student at the Academic Magnet High School, where he is on the Varsity Crew Team, Captain and Head Programmer of the Robotics Team, founder of the Nok Hockey Club, member of the Math Honor Society, member of the National Honor Society, and Treasurer of the French Honor Society. He is also vice president of his youth group. Benjamin Gilbert was diagnosed with asthma at the age of six. Ben, who is now 17, struggled with asthma throughout his childhood. Ben says, "Asthma is especially bad for younger kids who want nothing more than to play with their friends but can't. After feeling that first hand, I wanted to make sure no one had to deal with it alone."