Hello friends and family!
This July 17th & 18th I will climb Mt. Rainier (14,411’) as part of the 2019 Climb for Clean Air team: 72 climbers with a goal to raise $300,000 for the American Lung Association.
I started supporting the American Lung Association four years ago to honor of my dad because they fund research and clinical trials, advocate for clean air, and provide support and resources to patients living with lung disease.
While fundraising and training, I want to raise awareness about radon and encourage everyone to test the level of radon gas present in their home.
- Radon is an odorless gas that can become trapped and concentrated at higher levels in our homes.
- Prolonged exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, after smoking.
- Testing your home is easy! You can find kits at your local hardware store, online retailers, and lung.org/radon.
Please take a moment to learn more:
Chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer or other ill effects of air pollution. My personal connection to lung cancer is my dad, who we lost 4 years ago. He had never smoked. After his diagnosis we tested my parents’ home (near Portland, OR) and found elevated radon levels.
I hope that by spreading the word you'll test your own home. And in the event you do find high levels of radon in your home (or your parent's home), you'll be able to take swift action to reduce it.
Thanks for reading <3