March 2011

Things to celebrate and share

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. 

This month's issue includes:

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World TB Day

MCTC logoWorld Tuberculosis Day is celebrated worldwide on March 24 to commemorate the discovery of the bacillus that causes tuberculosis (TB) and to raise awareness for TB elimination.

This year, the Metropolitan Chicago Tuberculosis Coalition (MCTC) is hosting its 11th annual World TB Day conference with the theme, "TB: What we know, what lies below." Hosted at Malcolm X Community College, the event will feature guest speakers, panel discussions and activities to generate discussions and awareness of TB treatments and management.

To learn more or register, contact the MCTC line: (312) 628-0252.

Congratulations, Hustle climbers!

Congratulations to all of our climbers in the 14th annual Hustle Up the Hancock on Feb. 27! More than half of the 4,000 climbers are personally affected by lung disease and climb in honor or memory of a loved one touched by lung cancer, asthma, COPD or other lung diseases.

As of today, Dale Tarantur is the lead individual fundraiser with more than $10,000 raised. His team, Rockin' Robin is currently the top fundraising team at more than $40,000. The team has climbed for the past seven years in memory of Robin Tarantur, who passed away from lung cancer. In that time, they've raised nearly $250,000!

There is still time to help us meet our goal of $1.2 million before the fundraising deadline of March 18! Help us raise funds and awareness for lung health research, advocacy and education by supporting a climber today!


Share the truth about tobacco

Share the truth imageWe're inviting Chicago teens ages 12 to 18 to create a 30-second TV or radio commercial that shares the truth about tobacco. Make it edgy, funny, serious or emotional - just show us how smoking has affected you, your loved ones or your community.

We'll put the winning commercial on the air! Other prizes include scholarships, gadgets and unique Chicago experiences!

Visit to enter.


Get Involved: State Lung Health Education Day

Join Respiratory Health Association and other lung health advocates on April 14 for our State Lung Health Education Day! This year, we'll be talking with legislators about protecting Illinois' smoke-free law, raising awareness for COPD, requiring insurance coverage of smoking cessation, and promoting renewable energy!

Visit the State Lung Health Education Day page to register today!