December 2011

Special recognitions and partnerships

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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Recognizing outstanding volunteers

levenstamAt our annual Recognition Night, we honored several outstanding volunteers and supporters.

Board Chair Barry Levenstam (pictured left with Joel Africk, Respiratory Health Association's president and CEO) was awarded with our highest honor: the Herbert C. De Young Medal. The medal is presented annually to a volunteer who has shown exemplary commitment to Respiratory Health Association, and Barry was recognized for his longtime support as a board member, event participant, fundraiser and advocate. In his acceptance remarks, Barry dedicated his award to the hard-working employees of Respiratory Health Association for their steadfast efforts to make a difference for people living with lung disease.

Local foundation supports asthma education

Polk Bros. Foundation recently awarded Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago a grant of $30,000 to provide Fight Asthma Now and Asthma Management classes. Thanks to their generous support, we will educate more than 1,000 Chicago Public Schools students and 2,000 parents and staff members this school year.

Learn more about our asthma programs.

Y of Metro Chicago expands smoke-free policy

In partnership with Respiratory Health Association's Chicago Tobacco Prevention Project, the Y of Metro Chicago has expanded its smoke-free policy to include residences. The Y's four Chicago facilities - Austin, Irving Park, Lake View and Lawson House - will be 100% smoke-free by October 2012. To assist with the transition, residents have been provided with smoking cessation classes and other free resources to help them quit. The Y's announcement aligns with the city's Healthy Chicago initiative that calls for adoption of policies that reduce smoking rates and exposure to secondhand smoke.

Donate with Confidence

Respiratory Health Association was recently recognized for meeting all 20 standards for charity accountability by the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance. To receive this distinction, the BBB evaluated our trustworthiness as demonstrated by our governance, financial soundness and corporate ethics.

You can give the gift of lung health today!


Get Involved: Hustle Up the Hancock

Climb the 15th annual Hustle Up the Hancock! Help us raise more than $1 million to support local lung disease research and programs while taking on this iconic Chicago event. Spaces are still available for Lung Health Champions and in the CBS2 Half Climb, so register today!

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