Vern Jackson

A recipient of a single lung transplant, Vern Jackson has dedicated himself to fighting lung disease and has become a valuable volunteer for the American Lung Association. Vern suffers from a rare lung disease called Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis, which is an inflammation of the lungs in response to external matter, such as mold and bacteria. Diagnosed early, Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis is a treatable disease, but in Vern's case a transplant was the only option.

A mere seven months after his transplant, Vern and his sister-in-law created a team to participate in Race Up the Place, a fundraiser of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest. Their team quickly was the top fund raiser for the event. Although Vern could not climb the tower himself, he happily greeted his team members and the dozens of other climbers who participated in this event and raised funds to aid American Lung Association research and education to prevent lung disease. The American Lung Association is proud to honor Vern Jackson as Volunteer of the Week.