May 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:

May E-news: Above and Beyond for Lung Health

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Thrill-seekers raise funds for lung health

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More than 65 daring participants went over the edge in the sixth Skyline Plunge! Chicago on May 5. Rappelling 27 stories of theWit Hotel, the thrill-seekers saw Chicago from a whole new perspective and helped raise awareness and funds for Respiratory Health Association's lung disease research and programs. Help us reach our $100,000 fundraising goal by supporting a participant here.

Registration is now open for the September 8 rappel!

Advocate for cleaner vehicles, gasoline standards

trafficIn March 2013, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed tighter pollution limits for new cars, trucks and SUVs, along with cleaner gasoline requirements. Adopting these proposals could reduce dangerous air pollution from cars by 70-80 percent compared to what is emitted today. But we need your help! The EPA may not adopt these needed health protections unless you voice that you want cleaner vehicles and cleaner gasoline standards.

Tell the EPA that you want them to adopt these protective standards! 

Join us at COPD8USA


In partnership with the COPD Foundation, we are hosting COPD8USA on June 14 and 15 at Hilton Chicago. This professional conference for healthcare providers will highlight the changes in the current healthcare landscape and how to implement those changes to positively impact patient care. COPD8USA will include three tracks: Clinical, Research and Care Delivery. On June 14, there will also be a COPD Patient Education Workshop for COPD patients and caregivers that includes "Ask the Experts, a roundtable discussion about COPD" and lunch.

Find the COPD8USA agenda and register here

Welcome to our new Director of Development

Chris Byrnes

Please join us in welcoming Chris Byrne, Respiratory Health Association's new Director of Development. Chris comes to us from San Miguel School Chicago. A Chicagoland native, Chris attended Fenwick High School in Oak Park before earning his bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He loves music, following current events, and cheering for the Chicago Blackhawks and Bears.

 Contact Chris at 312-628-0213 or

Sign up for CowaLUNGa Bike Tour

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On August 3,4 and 5, more than 300 bikers will travel through northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin during our 17th annual CowaLUNGa Bike Tour. The event is for riders of all skill levels and offers 18-mile, 1-day, 2-day and 3-day ride options. New riders who sign up for the 2- and 3-day ride receive a 50 percent discount on registration fees.  

 Visit our CowaLUNGa website for more information.