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We all have a reason to fight for clean air. Check out some personal stories below that highlight the need for healthy, safe air, and click here to submit your own.

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I am 64-years-old, and we have been in Houston for 6 years and will be leaving in 3 years if I don't die first. I had no problems with allergies or my lungs until I moved here. Read more...
Clean air is incredibly important to me because chronic lung disease runs in my family. I am 22-years-old and have lived in Boone County Kentucky for most of my life. My dad was diagnosed with COPD in his mid 40's and he is now 50. My dad is not a smoker, and his disease has developed due to a rare genetic disorder called Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency that he and I both suffer from. Read more...
I have been concerned about the level of air pollution after reading an article about how terrible LA county pollution is. This concern was made worse after a weeklong visit to Big Bear Lake. During my stay there, my nasal drip and congestion disappeared. I hadn't notice this until my vacation was over. Now, I continuously have to clear my nose and throat from congestion. Read more...
I was so surprised to learn that only one city in my state had clean air. I think as one of the largest states on the coast with a reputation for forward thinking we can do better. Read more...
I am a woman of color who lives in an overburdened environmental justice community. There are approximately 83,000 individuals who live in Cicero and 72,000 are Latinos. Read more...
Clean air is vital to the health of the body, mind and soul. Air that has become contaminated does not provide the vitality or stimulation the mind needs so clear, cohesive thoughts can be enjoyed. It also fails to provide the relaxing refreshing sleep, which is necessary for restoration of the body and renewing of the mind. Read more...
I have been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis, and I struggle to breathe even with the assistance of oxygen. I can tell the difference with the amount of moisture in the air and how it coincides with my ability to breathe effectively. Read more...
We used to live in Northern Utah where Logan was hospitalized a few times for acute asthma. We found that air pollution was his main trigger. The prednisone treatment would normally work well enough for him when it was needed just a few times a year. Read more...
When my son was very young, he was diagnosed with asthma. We were in a very polluted state at the time. Every time he went outside, he would cough and often have an asthma attack. Read more...
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