April 2012

Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources.

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Advocates promote lung health

Advocacy DayOn Wednesday, April 18, 2012, more than 50 volunteer advocates hopped on a bus to Springfield, Ill., for our State Advocacy Day.


Throughout the day, they met with elected officials to discuss important lung health policies and gather support for:

  • requiring all new homes built in Illinois to include radon-resistant construction techniques
  • requiring child care centers to test for radon every three years
  • taxing commercial roll-your-own tobacco machines at a rate comparable to commercially manufactured cigarettes, thus reducing the appeal and accessibility of tobacco to young people
  • encouraging more policies that support people living with COPD

In addition, advocates urged legislators to prohibit any exemptions to our smoke-free Illinois law, and to oppose a bill that would permit the construction of a new coal-fired power plant in Illinois.

Stay informed and join us to urge action for important lung health issues. Visit our e-advocacy website now to sign up for e-alerts.

Register today for Cruising with COPD

CruiseRegistration is now open for Cruising with COPD, our annual social event for people living with COPD. This year, we've expanded the event to include three ships: Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago, and Mystic Blue. Participants enjoy an afternoon cruise on Lake Michigan, lunch and plenty of on-board entertainment. Space is limited, so register today!

Visit our website to download the registration form.

May is Asthma Awareness Month

This year, we will recognize May as Asthma Awareness Month by sharing resources and information in a special e-news series.

Have you or a loved one been affected by asthma? We'd like to hear your story. Please email us how asthma has impacted you.

Get Involved: CowaLUNGa Lung Tour

Register now for our 16th annual CowaLUNGa Bike Tour! On August 4, 5 and 6, riders will take on a route from Gurnee, Ill. to Hubertus, Wisc. to raise funds and awareness for our lung disease research and programs.

This year, special guest Robbie Ventura - a professional cyclist and former teammate of Lance Armstrong - will join us for the first day of the ride. He's also hosting training through his company, Vision Quest Coaching, and donating a portion of the registration fee to Respiratory Health Association. You have to register by this Friday, April 20, to receive this special offer!

Register today on the CowaLUNGa website!

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