July 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. To receive our monthly e-newsletter, send an email to info@lungchicago.org.

Summer updates 

This month's issue includes:

Research awards fund groundbreaking studies 

We recently announced three new research awards to fund studies at local institutions.

Through proceeds from the 2011 Chicago Lung Run, we gave two awards to local researchers. Dr. Ravi Salgia of University of Chicago received $20,000 to investigate the role of the ALK receptor in lung cancer. Dr. Navdeep Chandel of Northwestern University received $15,000 to study a potential new therapy for people with non-small cell lung cancer who have a certain gene mutation. Both doctors have been recipients of Respiratory Health Association's research funding in the past, and we are thrilled to be able to continue working with them to advance their studies in meaningful ways!

In addition, with American Thoracic Society (ATS) and Emphysema Foundation for our Right to Survive (EFFORTS), we're providing a two-year award to an Illinois-based investigator doing research on COPD. The selected research project will be announced in early fall. Respiratory Health Association is contributing $50,000 of the $80,000 award.

Learn more about our research here

More than 700 people enjoy annual COPD cruise 

CruisingA record number of people took part in our ninth annual Cruising with COPD event on Lake Michigan on June 19. More than 700 people living with COPD, their guests and pulmonary rehab staff joined us aboard Spirit of Chicago, Odyssey and Mystic Blue for an afternoon of entertainment, lunch, raffles and beautiful views. The cruise is an opportunity for people living with COPD to get out and enjoy an afternoon of socializing while having the support they need, including wheelchair assistance and supplemental oxygen.  

Learn more about COPD and view photos from the event

Cyclist remembers his father with CowaLUNGa Bike Tour 

JohnathonWhen Johnathon Cook's father passed away from lung cancer on Mother's Day, he was inspired to do something in his memory. He chose to ride in CowaLUNGa Bike Tour on August 4-6. Johnathon is looking forward to being surrounded by more than 200 cyclists with one common goal: to raise more than $200,000 for Respiratory Health Association's programs, which include lung cancer research and tobacco prevention and cessation programs.

Read more of Johnathon's story.

If you'd like to remember someone by riding in CowaLUNGa, visit the CowaLUNGa website and register today! 

Get Involved: Register today for Catch Your Breath!

Catch Your BreathRegistration is now open for our annual Catch Your Breath Conference, which brings together medical professionals, women living with lung disease and their families to explore key issues in women's lung health and advancements in lung disease treatment and research. This year, the conference will focus on COPD and will be held on Tuesday, September 11, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy in Oak Brook.  

Learn more and download the registration form here.