Ruth Ann Norton, executive director of The Coalition, is on a life time crusade to prevent lead poisoning in children. This silent killer has "been used by humans for more than 5,000 years to strengthen metal and to pigment everything from makeup to paint." However, when examining its effects, "children, including those exposed in utero, are more vulnerable to lead poisoning than adults because their systems absorb the element more readily. Once lead has affected the brain, the damage is irreversible." Norton, now with a budget of $2.6 million demands to examine the conditions of older homes and prevent lead hazards. But prior to The Coalition, Norton had other endeavors to assess. "Fourteen years ago, Norton made a series of what she now terms 'bad judgements' that led to 18 months in prison for wire fraud, wrecking her promising investment-management career along the way. The Coalition, she says, gave her a chance to redeem herself. She's not about to let it down."
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