Simoneau honored by American Lung Association

Simoneau honored by American Lung Association

SMITHFIELD - Matthew Simoneau, of Greenville, was recognized by the American Lung Association during Volunteer Appreciation Week earlier this month. While the association celebrates their volunteers year round, with more than 22,000 who lend their support throughout the year, "truly exceptional volunteers" are recognized on this occasion, according to a press release.

Simoneau has been volunteering for the American Lung Association for the past four years. He lost both of his brothers as well as his mother to lung cancer, so working with the American Lung Association is something that holds a very special meaning for him.

Simoneau said he is highly concerned with the distribution of cigarettes to minors, and one of the primary reasons he supports this organization is due to the American Lung Association's advocacy for better regulations around tobacco control.

"I have learned a lot more about asthma, bronchitis, and COPD," said Simoneau. "I think that the Lung Association is admirable because of the work they do in all of those arenas."

Simoneau has served as a member on the Autumn Escape Bike Trek committee for more than three years, working toward driving increased event participation and helping staff and board members with event logistics. The trek is a three-day cycling adventure from Plymouth to Provincetown, Mass., that benefits the ALA of the Northeast. Simoneau serves as co-captain of the team that calls themselves "Spokin' with Authority" and, over the last three years, the team has raised more than $25,000.

Simoneau also created a team for the Providence Fight for Air Climb, serving as team captain and recruiting team members for his team from Fidelity Investments, and was instrumental in securing a corporate sponsorship.

"I can see myself doing this for years to come," Simoneau said. "I will be involved for as long as I can be."

To learn more about volunteer opportunities in your area, contact Judy Deane, director of volunteer and board development for the American Lung Association of the Northeast, at jdeane@LungNE.org.