November 2011

COPD & Lung Cancer Awareness Month

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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November is COPD & Lung Cancer Awareness Month

In recognition of November as National COPD Awareness Month and Lung Cancer Awareness Month, we are featuring a few stories celebrating the many families and individuals affected by COPD and lung cancer. We invite you to take the opportunity to read profiles of a few of our lung health heroes who have been affected by these lung diseases.

  • Ann Baker, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008 and remains determined to help raise awareness and funds to support the development of new treatments
  • Ira Graham, whose wife passed away from lung cancer
  • Ed Martin, whose father passed away from COPD
  • Eileen Whittle, a woman living with COPD and an advocate for COPD awareness

Illinois COPD Coalition Meets


More than 30 members of the Illinois COPD Coalition met Nov. 2 to discuss new data related to COPD and talk about the future of advocacy and collaboration. Topics included COPD data results from the 2010 Illinois Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey and a presentation on “The Scope of COPD” in Illinois, which reviewed hospitalization rates and costs from 2000-2009. The coalition also discussed ways to lessen the impact of COPD on our communities, including increasing public awareness and provider education on the disease.

Learn more about the COPD on our website.

Hustle Up the Hancock Registration Open


Registration for the 15th annual Hustle Up the Hancock opened on Nov. 1 and the full climb  sold out in just under 90 minutes. Spaces remain for the CBS2 half climb and for Lung Health Champions. Help us raise more than $1 million for local lung disease research and programs.

Get Involved: CHILL

Join us this Thursday for CHILL, an international wine and culinary event at the Merchandise Mart. The evening features superb wines from around the world paired with cuisines from distinguished local chefs. Respiratory Health Association is a charity beneficiary of the event and hosts a fabulous silent auction of local cuisine, sports memorabilia and getaways.

Visit our website to learn more, or call Lysette at (312) 628-0226 to purchase tickets.

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