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Inspired by Young Radon Warriors

January 1, 2012
Ms. Wendy Dew
US EPA Region 8
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-2466

Dear Wendy,

Please consider my recommendation for Christina and Eric Bear for the President’s Environmental Youth Award for 2012 for Region 8. Winning the EPA’s National Radon Poster Contest for the state of Colorado was just the beginning of Christina and Eric’s endeavors to save lives through awareness, education and policy changes concerning the radioactive gas—radon. My first opportunity to meet them in person came at the Healthy Homes Conference in Denver, Colorado, in July 2010 as they visited our Cancer Survivors Against Radon (CanSAR) Booth.

CanSAR is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization devoted to making a difference so others can prevent the deadly power of the presence of radon gas in their homes. We consist of individuals who were unaware of the presence of high levels of radon until the diagnosis of lung cancer invaded our lives. Although Eric and Christina are healthy young individuals, their passion to make a difference matches that of CanSAR members who have experienced the pain of lung cancer or loss of loved ones due to radon exposure.

Fortunately I was able to be with the children again at the International Radon Symposium in Orlando in October 2011 as they gave a presentation during the Sunday night reception. Naturally they bowled over the audience with a slide show of their accomplishments, activities and enthusiasm in making a difference by saving lives with radon awareness, education and policy implementation. The poise, professionalism, and humility of these inspiring and motivating young radon warriors are having an astounding effect on those that are in their presence. Christina and Eric have presented at “Capital Steps to Radon Action” in Denver in 2011, participated in “Climb Castle Rock for Radon Awareness in 2010 and 2011, assisted CanSAR member Faye Dugan in organizing a radon booth at the American Lung Association Stair Climb in Denver in 2011, and organized a team as the Radon Stompers for “Run the Rocks 5K Race” in 2011. Activities to share their message of the harmful effects of radon gas to civic and state leaders include presentations at Golden, Littleton, Lakewood, and Arvada City Council meetings; articles in the DENVER POST and the LAKEWOOD EDGE; Channel 9 News interview; collaborations with the Jefferson County Health Dept., ALA, and HUD; and letters sent to 500 Colorado schools encouraging the participation in the EPA National Radon Poster Contest. Their website with their RAP song, videos, and links is making a huge impact on others to improve indoor air quality http://www.radondetecttoprotect.info/.

Most recently Christina and Eric met Colorado Representative Sue Schafer with a proposal for a radon bill encouraging testing of homes at the point of sale such as the Radon Awareness Act of Illinois. It is my pleasure and deep desire to recommend and endorse Christina and Eric Bear for this award.

Sincerely,

Gloria Linnertz
VP, Cancer Survivors Against Radon
Board Member, American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists
681 830 4660 seascape@htc.net