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American Lung Association Recognizes Jon Rosen with National 2018 Volunteer Excellence Award

(June 26, 2018) - EAST HARTFORD, Conn.

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The American Lung Association today announced that Wilton, Connecticut resident Jonathon Rosen is a recipient of the 2018 Volunteer Excellence Award.  The award was presented at the organization’s annual Awards Dinner in Chicago, where its national headquarters are located.

“Jon has been a valued member of the Lung Association family for decades – and he has gone above and beyond in every duty he has ever taken on,” said Jeff Seyler, Chief Division Officer of the American Lung Association.  “He is a true advocate and a master at collaboration – and we are proud of all that he has helped us accomplish.”

Jon Rosen started volunteering for the American Lung Association in Hudson Valley, New York in 1983 and has since served at the local, state, regional and national levels.  Since the New York City LUNG FORCE Walk began in 2015, Rosen has been the Captain of Team Board Walkers, which raised over $32,000 in its first four years. Rosen rose through the Lung Association’s ranks of volunteers, serving as Chair of the Northeast Regional Board of Directors from 2015 – 2017. Beginning July 1, 2018, he will begin a three-year term on the National Board.

Rosen said, “I'm honored--and deeply humbled--to receive this Volunteer Excellence Award, which I dedicate to my dad, who died in 1981 following a heroic battle with emphysema that lasted well over a decade.” In his acceptance speech, Rosen also recounted the story of Dana Berritto, a LUNG FORCE hero who lost her life to lung cancer. “As we collectively work to save more lives and to extend our mission reach and impact, we must never lose sight of the brave heroes who, day in and day out, fight tirelessly in the battle to defeat lung disease.”

As president of Impact Communications, the media and presentation skills training practice he founded in 1980, Rosen designed, developed and delivered pro bono media training for the public policy staff and pro bono sales presentation skills training for the development team of the American Lung Association of the Northeast.  He has also provided media relations consulting and was a founding member of the National Marketing & Communications Committee, focusing on external messaging to grow the Lung Association’s revenue base and to advance and expand the mission’s impact throughout the region.  

Rosen regularly contributes to letters, columns and news/health websites and has been featured in articles about air quality and tobacco control in local publications and online following the release of the annual State of the Air and State of Tobacco Control reports.

As the nation's first voluntary health organization, the American Lung Association was founded by volunteers, and over a century later, they remain a vibrant, energizing force at both the national and regional levels. The annual Awards Dinner recognizes staff and volunteers who have shown exemplary effort in advancing the organization’s mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy.

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About the American Lung Association

The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.

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