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Paula C., PA

My life depends on having clean air to breathe. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) has already claimed 85 percent of my left lung. I’m not going to let it claim any more. My ability to breathe literally depends on the quality of the air.

I have been like a walking weather forecast machine ever since I was diagnosed with COPD nearly 12 years ago. My friends know they can rely on me to let them know when summer heat and humidity will become oppressive and when the outside air quality becomes bad.

I keep a close watch on smog and ozone pollution, because air pollution makes it difficult and painful for me to breathe. That's why I support the American Lung Association and its fight for clean, healthy air for everyone.

No one deserves lung disease. But a lot of people have it. Give them – and me – a helping hand, and do your part to minimize air pollution. Contact your elected officials and let them know you expect them to support strong healthy air standards.

First published: June 28, 2013

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