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  • gayne b., CA

    I grew up in Southern California, in the 50's, and remember taking deep breaths, and it would hurt. Thirty years later,...Read more

  • Donald W., SC

    I have MTHFR type A. This condition does not allow my body to properly detox. Since my body hold onto toxins breathing...Read more
  • Carol B., SC

    We sold our lovely home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to come to Okatie, South Caroline and build a patio home in a...Read more

  • Edward S., AZ

    I was a life long resident of Baltimore, Maryland. The humidity and mosquitoes during the summer and the snow and ice...Read more

  • Stavroula X., TN

    I love to work in my garden, but some days my asthma makes it hard for me to do this. When the pollen count is high or...Read more

  • Yemayah S., TN

    My story is fairly simple when it comes to my asthma. Bad air = active asthma. Nothing more, nothing less. So when I...Read more

  • ${first_name} $., NC

    Wow, where to begin? I will start with my being a young kid. I grew up with parents that smoked cigarettes till there...Read more

  • Jil H., MT

    My son has cystic fibrosis and there is currently no cure. His lung function will deteriorate throughout his life until...Read more

  • Hatton L., MT

    I have experienced respiratory issues – asthma, eczema, and allergies – since I was a child. While never...Read more

  • Therese S., MI

    I have been greatly impacted by lung disease since my mom died from lung cancer in 1986. I started working hard to...Read more

  • Marcy A., MT

    My concerns over climate change and poor air quality and their impacts on kids are personal. My son was born in the...Read more

  • Lexi S., TN

    My sister passed away at 19-years-old due to a fatal asthma attack. She had many triggers including allergies, smoke,...Read more

  • Philip R., OR

    I lived in some places with pretty bad air. The San Francisco Bay Area was where I spent my childhood and youth. I'm...Read more

  • Danielle C., VT

    Most of my poor air quality experiences are related to secondhand smoke and secondhand vapor, indoors and outdoors. The...Read more

  • Julia R., MT

    I am a nurse and work at the local emergency department at Bozeman Health Deaconess Hospital. In the ER, we are seeing...Read more

  • Corinne Y., NJ

    I understand how important clean air is. I have lived in New Jersey for almost all my life. Climate change is a real...Read more

  • Jon S., CO

    We have raised our son between NYC and Denver. We left NYC because of his terrible cough that no doctor could explain....Read more

  • ., CA

    Imagine what it would feel like to take a breath when your lungs were already full of air. Try this. Take in a deep...Read more

  • John B., MI

    I had to take first grade over because I was absent so much from respiratory problems due to secondhand smoke. My dad...Read more

  • James B., ND

    I live in Western North Dakota on the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. There are thousands of oil and gas sites in my...Read more

  • Rebecca B., TN

    As a lifelong asthmatic, I have always fought to breathe. That is my "normal." There were countless times as a child...Read more

  • cholena h., CA

    I live in Long Beach, California and have difficulty breathing. I have had to go to specialists who prescribe...Read more

  • Ruth B., AZ

    I was born in 1945 with severe asthma. I am 73-years-old now. We now have more hazardous days for asthmatics and people...Read more

  • Margery M., MA

    Due to systemic lupus affecting my lungs (pleurisy) and adult-onset asthma, I am forced to stay at home on days when...Read more

  • Ashley J., IN

    At 24-years-old, I was recently diagnosed with asthma. After years of living with healthy air in a smaller town, I...Read more

  • Audrey S., FL

    I have been participating in the Fight For Air Climb for six years—I was 8-years-old when I joined my dad’s...Read more

  • Deborah B., CT

    I live in the woods and the wetlands, and highway I-95 is behind my backyard. I have great difficulty breathing due to...Read more

  • carrie c., WA

    I have severe asthma. My symptoms have worsened over the past five years. The past two times I have been hospitalized,...Read more

  • Jennifer M., RI

    Hello, my name is Jennifer. I'm 39-years-old and I suffer from severe asthma and COPD.

    When the air quality...Read more

  • Debra K., RI

    I have COPD. With the air quality the way it is, sometimes I can't even leave my house. When the front door opens up,...Read more

  • Mrs. Lakia Shavon L., CT

    I was born with asthma and allergies. My single-parent mother also has asthma plus sinus problems. As a baby and...Read more

  • Barbara S., PA

    I recently moved to York County PA to look after my elderly mother. My apartment building ended up being very close to...Read more

  • Mary B., MD

    I am 27 years and have lived my whole life in Baltimore, Maryland. In the past year, my asthma and breathing have...Read more

  • Marsha H., MT

    I had the good fortune of growing up in the "Big Sky" state of Montana where we took for granted blue skies and clean air....Read more
  • Ray Z., PA

    It is very discouraging to think we have to stand up for our right to breathe healthy air. I find it hard to understand...Read more

  • Trisha S.

    My family has been poisoned by toxic air pollution containing a known neurotoxin. Ours was one of the many that...Read more

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