- November is Lung Cancer and COPD Awareness Month
- 300 people learn to Live Better Together with COPD
- New lung cancer research
- New COPD research
- Guests enjoy wine and food at CHILL
- Cook County cigarette tax will save lives
- Get Involved: Give thanks!
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Now in the midst of November – Lung Cancer and COPD Awareness Month – we'd like to share with you our recent activities and successes.
Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer among men and women in the United States, and it's the second leading cause of death overall in the country. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and yet half of the people living with the disease don't even know they have it.
At Respiratory Health Association, we're committed to raising awareness of these diseases and their causes in the hopes that someday, families will not have to face these diagnoses. In the meantime, we're committed to supporting people living with lung disease and finding new treatments and management strategies.
Below, you'll read about our recent activities and other ways to get involved. We hope you'll join us.
Joel J. Africk
President and Chief Executive Officer
On Tuesday, more than 300 people living with COPD and their caregivers joined us for our 9th annual Living Better Together COPD Conference. This year's speakers discussed oxygen therapy, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, exercising and more. See a preview gallery of photos from the event.
This month, Respiratory Health Association awarded a grant to researchers at University of Illinois at Chicago who are studying lung cancer. Jordi Tauler, PhD, and Joe G.N. Garcia, MD, will investigate the roles that three genes play in non-small cell lung cancer. Funding for this grant was provided by Chicago Lung Run. Learn about our other lung cancer research.
This month, Respiratory Health Association awarded a 2-year, $80,000 grant to Valerie Press, MD, MPH at The University of Chicago. Dr. Press will study the effectiveness of a video-based strategy to teach hospitalized patients how to use their inhalers properly to manage their COPD. This grant is co-funded by American Thoracic Society Foundation and Emphysema Foundation for Our Right to Survive. Learn about managing COPD.
At the sixth annual CHILL on Thursday, Respiratory Health Association hosted 1,100 supporters with a total crowd of more than 1,800. Guests at the sold-out event explored the LuxeHome showrooms in the Merchandise Mart while enjoying selections from Chicago restaurants and wines from around the world. The event raised nearly $80,000 for lung health programs and research. See a preview gallery of photos from the event.
Last week, the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase within the county. It is anticipated that this price increase will prevent 18,000 young people from becoming smokers; without this measure, an estimated 2,700 of those young people would have developed lung cancer during their lifetimes, and another 5,000 would have developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Please take a moment to thank Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle for her leadership on this issue. Visit our online action center now.
Thank you, and happy Thanksgiving!