Joe Lacy

Joe Lacy is Chair of the Plymouth Meeting/Philadelphia Leadership Board for the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic. He has been a huge asset in developing this new board over the last 18 months. Joe is also a valued member of the Fight For Air Walk committee. His company, Kindred Healthcare, is the Presenting Sponsor of the Walk and their teams are always among the top fundraisers. Joe heads three hospital teams for the Walk and he motivates them to have bake sales, dress-down days, and other fundraisers for the Walk. The three hospitals have a friendly rivalry and compete for the "Kindred Cup" - a traveling trophy that goes to the Kindred Hospital that raises the most money for the Fight For Air Walk that year.

Recently, Joe took on the initiative to raise funds specifically for the Open Airways for Schools (OAS) program in the Philadelphia area. Joe had prior experience with the OAS program when he worked in Respiratory Care in Florida. He made it his personal goal to breathe new life into the OAS program in the Philadelphia region. Thanks to Joe and his enthusiasm and passion for the OAS program, the American Lung Association of the Mid-Atlantic raised $4,000.00 in November to be used for that purpose. In offering OAS in Philadelphia, the American Lung Association is reaching a very diverse population. Joe's eagerness to get this program underway was contagious and the Board was happy to oblige.

Joe is an inspiration. He is always upbeat and greets everyone with a smile. Joe's life is devoted to many whose lives are impacted by lung disease as he works for Kindred Hospitals, a facility that provides long-term acute care. But no matter how busy he is with his career, he makes himself available for the American Lung Association. Joe is always at the ready to lend a hand and to come up with new and innovative ideas on how to recruit new event participants, new Board members, and new volunteers. Joe's quick wit and enthusiasm make him such a pleasure to work with and to have out in the community advocating for the American Lung Association.