North Bend resident receives national award
July 5, 2012
North Bend resident Mark Anderson received the American Lung Association’s 2012 National Volunteer Excellence Award June 22, according to an association press release.
Anderson, a Kirkland firefighter, was recognized for his commitment to saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
“Mark has been a steadfast supporter for many years,” Renée Klein, president and CEO of the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific, said in the release. “I can’t think of a better individual to receive this volunteer excellence award.”
Anderson is a longtime volunteer who contributes to the American Lung Association of the Mountain Pacific in a unique way, she said in the release. He provides leadership and encouragement for participants in the Climb for Clean Air event, a climb to the top of Mount Rainier. He helps ensure the personal success of the participants and the financial success of the event through his positive attitude and unsurpassed knowledge of Mount Rainier and what it takes to prepare for such a feat, Klein said.
Each year, Anderson creates a detailed training plan for the climbers to prepare them both mentally and physically. He plots out their physical training with gradually increased levels of difficulty to steadily build endurance, and he leads detailed sessions about the necessary climbing gear, clothing and nutrition, she said.
His leadership of the event has helped the regional association raise more than $4 million throughout the event’s 25-year history, according to Klein. Anderson’s knowledge base and enthusiasm for the Climb for Clean Air are key to the success of this event. Through his actions, he is an incredible advocate and ambassador for the American Lung Association.
“Mark’s generous spirit is a gift to our organization,” Klein said.