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 share your own.

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Asthma doesn't run in our family, so how come all three of our grandchildren suffer from asthma? Read more at
I have developed allergies that cause sinus congestion and migraine headaches. I seem to be allergic to being outdoors for very short periods of time, both in our Ft. Myers winter home and in our home in Canada, which is 20 miles away from any city or manufacturing facilities that would produce chemical pollution. Being outdoors this summer for even a half hour per day has caused me to have sinus infections, which triggers very painful migraine headaches that keep me from living a normal life with decent sleep Read more at
As a respiratory therapist with 24 years of experience in the hospital setting, I have provided treatment to adults and children experiencing various respiratory conditions that are worsened by poor air quality. Read more at
I am a 56-year-old man and have a condition called pulmonary hypertension, which means blood doesn’t flow properly between my heart and my lungs. I also have COPD. Read more at
I have a liver disease and am sensitive to toxins in the air, especially those generated by a local paper mill. When the air is foul, I don't feel well. Read more at
I have had asthma since I was a child. My father smoked constantly before we knew the effects of cigarette smoke. He didn't believe it hurt me and said it was all in my head. Read more at
Meet Sammy, a soon-to-be eleven-year-old asthmatic youngster who is told that he must leave his home, travel unaccompanied to an asthma facility in a new country with a different language and not have contact with his family and friends for the next two years. This memoir is based on a chapter in my life when I left my country of origin to seek treatment in the USA, not speaking a word of English and leaving my family behind for two years. Read more at
I want to fight for air, because the air is my property. I need it to live. Read more at
I worked at a steel company straight out of high school. The air was beyond horrible. I then moved into a house that had mold. After living in NYC and Tennessee, I am back in Bham living in a sleepy little town near another big corporate polluter, which pumps out diesel that floats straight into my house. Read more at
Throughout various cancer treatments since 2002, maintaining a walking regimen has been important to me. During this past decade, I've trained for and completed a local half-marathon in support of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; other ongoing walking fund-raisers I've done include: the L&LS's Light the Night, American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, and the Komen Race for the Cure. Read more at
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FACT: Nearly six million people in the United States live in an area with unhealthy year-round levels of particle pollution.

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