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Public protections – or the lack of them – have real consequences for people. This page contains a full collection of stories about the benefits of public safeguards and the consequences of a lack of strong standards from the perspective of real people. The details of each story are different, but the message is the same: We need a strong safety net to keep our air and water clean, our food and workplaces safe, our toys lead-free and so much more.

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Allison Kellenberger, RN
Columbia, Missouri

Allison Kellenberger, RNIn my job as a registered nurse, breathing is on the "assess first" list. If you can't breathe, there is nothing more to do to save your life. As nursing students, we were told not to wear cologne or strong scents in our profession because it could harm patients if they breathe it. When I started in the intensive care unit 18 years ago, I saw many asthma patients come in, and some of them left in body bags. I never realized how deadly a disease it could be.

Then, 15 years ago, my son was diagnosed with asthma and I watched him struggle with it for the first 10 years of his life. Asthma affects more and more people each year and why? Because the air we breathe is more and more polluted.

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Thanks to Earthjustice and the American Nursing Association for connecting us with Allison.

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