December 2013

Respiratory Health Association's e-newsletter is published monthly and contains news of our happenings, program updates and links to lung health resources. This month's issue includes:

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Mayor proposes bold tobacco regulations to protect youth

Proposed tobacco
regulations will
invest in youths'

Mayor Emanuel recently proposed tobacco control measures that are important investments in the health of Chicago's youths. The proposed ordinances regulate e-cigarettes as tobacco products and prohibit the sale of menthol-flavored cigarettes and other flavored tobacco products within 500 feet of schools in the City. Respiratory Health Association President and CEO Joel Africk, Board Member Diana Hackbarth and Hustle up the Hancock climber Dr. Samuel Grief testified yesterday at a Chicago City Council hearing in support of these measures. The ordinances would keep tobacco products out of the hands of youth and help break the cycle of nicotine addiction.

Tell your alderman that you support these ordinances.

Scientists make advancement in lung cancer research

Nav Chandel
Dr. Navdeep Chandel 

Northwestern University scientists recently demonstrated a new approach to lung cancer research that could lead to new cancer treatments. The principal investigator of the project is Navdeep Chandel, PhD, whose work was supported by Respiratory Health Association and a consortium of other organizations assembled by Respiratory Health Association. It has been shown that cancer cells depend on antioxidant proteins. Dr. Chandel's research explored the inhibition of these cells as a potential for targeted therapies in treating lung cancer patients.

Read the news article here.

Making a Difference Awards recognize key supporters

Making a Difference Award 
Joel Africk with Steve
and Stephanie Victor

On December 5, we honored a group of our dedicated volunteers with the 2013 Making a Difference Awards. Longtime supporter and ABC7 weekend anchor Ravi Baichwal emceed a reception where the award winners were honored for their involvement in our community programs, advocacy work and special events. Steve and Stephanie Victor were presented with the Association's highest honor, the Herbert C. DeYoung Medal, for their exemplary service to Respiratory Health Association.

Click here for a list of our Making a Difference Award recipients. 

Protect yourself and loved ones against the flu 

Flu shots 
Nurse Minnice gives
flu shots at a COPD

This week is Vaccinate Illinois Week and National Influenza Vaccination Week, both of which are important reminders that everyone 6 months and older should be immunized against flu. The flu vaccine is the best way to protect against influenza, which is a highly contagious respiratory illness. On average, 226,000 people are hospitalized from flu every year. It's especially dangerous for people with compromised immune systems, like those living with lung disease. Make sure you and your loved ones are vaccinated to protect yourselves and those around you.

Learn more about influenza.

This season, consider Respiratory Health Association

Child with asthma

Please consider Respiratory Health Association this holiday season as you are selecting worthy causes to support. Donations to Respiratory Health Association support programs that directly benefit our efforts to address asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases in our community.

If you have any questions about our online giving process, or if you would prefer to speak with a staff member, please contact Development Director Chris Byrne at (312) 628-0213 or

Click here to make your gift today.

Get Involved: Volunteer for lung health

         Lung Power Crew         Hustle        CHILL 

As the year comes to an end, we'd like to say thank you to our dedicated team of volunteers. They help ensure our programs and events run smoothly by doing everything from cheering on climbers at Hustle Up the Hancock to stuffing goody bags in our offices on Washington Boulevard. We continue to be a leader in the fight against lung disease thanks in part to our team of committed volunteers.

Sign up to volunteer in the fight against lung disease.