John Fischer

John Fischer has been a dedicated volunteer at the American Lung Association since 1996. His passion for his work at the American Lung Association of New England in Maine has grown out of extraordinary personal losses. John lost both of his parents and his two half-sisters to tobacco, and readily admits that "[he has] been angry with tobacco for many years." He has channeled that anger into a strong drive to promote the mission of the American Lung Association and has become an invaluable volunteer.

John is a 13-year veteran of the Trek Across Maine, a highly successful bicycling fundraiser. Not only has he cycled across Maine to raise awareness for lung health, he has also cycled across the country to promote his mission. His ability to place himself and the mission of the organization in the media has been priceless. His cross-country journey was chronicled in a weekly news column and blog that appeared in his local newspaper.

To date, John has single handedly raised nearly $200,000 for the American Lung Association of Maine, supporting work to drop teen smoking rates by 60%. However, he is considered as much a "friend-raiser" as a top fundraiser. He has enlisted the participation of his fellow trekkers, who, in turn, have become impassioned supporters and advocates for the organization. John inspires others to new goals and has increased participation along the continuum of involvement. Among John's own set of goals is his growing interest in healthy air, and the American Lung Association is very excited to see what he will bring to this public health crisis.

Ed Miller, Executive Director of ALAME, said “John’s passion for our mission is unmatched.” The American Lung Association is proud to honor John Fischer as Volunteer of the Week.