• Thank You Folks!
  • Amidst the holiday hustle and bustle many of you joined the PERF Board of Directors in remembering departed friends and loved ones. Many of you also joined us in thinking of the future by making generous contributions to the Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation or one of the special funds within it. Those of us volunteering for the Board know that unlike many organizations we are stingy with overhead expenses and careful about making the best use of all funds. It is our favorite charity and we are glad that many of you have joined us in supporting it.

  • Did you fly with your oxygen over the holidays? There are increasingly more airlines allowing the use of either, or both, the Inogen One or AirSep Lifestyle portable oxygen concentrators on board. These airlines include USAirways, America West, Midwest Airlines, and Northwest Airlines. Delta, Delta Connection, Song and Delta Shuttle flights so far allow only the use of the Inogen One portable oxygen concentrators. The Delta policy, which is typical, requires 48-hours advance notice, a note from your physician confirming the need for oxygen during flight along with the appropriate flow rate, and includes a $25 non-refundable medical screening fee for each passenger's itinerary. United and American provide oxygen but will not, as of today, allow the use of personal concentrators. The above airlines have websites that you can look at in addition to phoning the reservation desk. The policies about the use of concentrators are in a state of change and in all cases you should carefully check out the current policy before making flight. Using your own concentrator does not end all of your travel problems and you still need to do some very careful planning before arranging your flights. This new technology is very expensive to buy, as you probably have learned. Some local oxygen suppliers, such as Lincare, have a few concentrators in stock, which they will rent to their own patients. These companies may also have some first hand advice about the problems their customers may have encountered and are another source of information to check before you start your trip. While flying with oxygen is still not an easy thing to do, breakthroughs have been made. We look forward to the future!.

  • Memorial donations to PERF were made by Gloria Murray, Dr. Janos Porszasz, Mary Burns and Dr. Thomas Petty made in memory of Sara Casaburi, mother of Dr. Richard Casaburi, and by Irene Peterson in honor of her friend, Barbara, Hilbert & Patricia Ternstrom, in memory of their daughter Stacy, Mary Ellen Weger in memory of Richard Douglas, Joanne Dalby in memory of her mother Gen Schaniel, a classmate at HHSN of Mary Burns and Ann Wentink who also remembered their friend Genny Smolenski Schaniel.
    Other donations were made by Ted VonGoerlitz in memory of Virginia VonGoerlitz, Dale Thompson in memory of his wife, Doris, James Lynch in memory of Mary Lynch, Hilda Swanson in memory of her husband Albert, Margaret Chaika, RRT in memory of Jack Durrance, MD, Shirley Brunmier in memory of her son Chris Tenison, Barbara White in memory of Harry Holcomb and George Richey, Stella Donatoni in memory of Jerry Donatoni, Virginia Elson in memory of David Elson, and Michael & Susan Gray in memory of Herman Gray. Thomas Burrows made a donation in memory of Doris Burrows, Phyllis Riker in memory of Henry Smith, Carol Longo in memory of Vincent Longo, Blanche Dutcher in memory of Kenneth Dutcher, Rubye Richey in memory of George Richey, Harry & Barbara Borak for Steven Greenspan & Elizabeth Griffith, James Lynch in memory of Dorothy Orput, Louis Rollino in memory of Dorothy Rollino, and Nancy Moore In memory of Glen Moore. We at PERF join you in remembering these departed friends and loved ones.
  • We greatly appreciate the donations made to PERFby Philip Whiting, Mickee Heumann, Lillian Marineau, Jack Allen, Peggy Dupont, William Prentice, Wendell & Phyllis Smith, John Leaman, Bert & Pat Ternstrom, Roberta Parker, E.W. Heisler, Ann McGuinness, Jewel Wolkenhauer, Dwain Essig, Dr. Thomas Petty, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Casaburi, Mary Burns, RN, Merrill Dobbs, Gerry Sandman, Carl Willoughby, RRT, Kathleen Norulak, RRT, John & Robin Leaman, Harry Hruzek, Edgar Whittemore, Charles Symens, Denise & Frank Giambalvo, Carolyn & Gary Verhage, Katie & Bill Beckley, Bonnie Steele, RN, MSN, Barbara Butler, Wesley Schull, Chris Garvey, Kris Brust, RN, Lloyde Livingstone, Joe Brandon, Linda Deighan, Mr.& Mrs. Donald Butler, Wayne & Lois Chinen, Robert Zerfing. Shirley & Philip Grindrod, William Wright, W. Kelley, Galdino & Eva Salvador, Brian & Patricia Tiep, Hugh Pierce, Edward Clair, Barbara Ueda, Sam & Vicky Praw, Kevin & Judith Hettich, John Moore, Madelyn Rowlands,and Jerry Gorby.
  • Very special thanks to Harold Lichterman for his generous donation!
  • Donations earmarked for the Grancell/Burns Chair in the Rehabilitative Sciences were made by Ben & Leanne Soule, Reta Long, and Louis Rollino. Thank you!
  • The new fund for assisting and promoting visiting scientistsreceived generous donations from Amy Walker, Alvin Grancell, Barbara & Harry Borak. Our first visiting scientist is Janos Varga, MD of Hungary. He is already doing research with Drs. Porszasz and Casaburi in the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center at the Los Angeles Biomedical Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
  • A donation in honor ofMary Burns was made to PERF by Marjorie Spitzel, while Shirley Brunmier made a donation in honor of Jeanne Rife, and William & Charlotte Zilm in honor of Dr. Tom Petty. We have been greatly honored by having you honor us, and we all thank you! Mary Burns.
  • Thanks, folks. It is the generosity of folks like you that help us continue on our mission of helping those with respiratory disease.