• Peace on Earth! This is the time of year when the holidays are also the holy days for much of the population of earth. How wonderful it would be if the peoples of all religions would put into practice the cornerstones of their faith. While mankind remains flawed, unable to live up to our high ideals, we also continue to strive towards those ideals, or at least voice our belief in them. That is what gives us hope for the future. May all of you find peace in your lives now, with the hope of peace for the world in the coming year.
  • If you found it hard to get into the spirit of the season this year, we hope that you were uplifted, as we were, by an annual patient support group party. PERF Board members Mary Burns and Dr. Brian Tiep were again honored to be guests at the Mission Hospital PREP (Pulmonary Rehab Education Program) patient support group gathering in Laguna Hills, CA. What an event! The room had two huge Christmas trees whose bright decorations were outdone by the festive attire of the 180 PREPers, dressed in red and other bright holiday finery. Their clothes suited the mood of this smiling, laughing group. Not a Grinch nor a grump was seen, for who could be glum when surrounded with such cheer!
  • Warmly welcoming everyone to the event was program coordinator Jim Barnett, RCP. As always, popular Dr. Brian Tiep "worked" the room, playing requests on his fiddle for holiday classics as well as other selections members of the group called out. Did any one find a tune that Brian couldn't play? Not that we could see!
  • Raffle prize after prize was won by lucky participants. But even those who left without a wrapped gift were winners, just by being part of this special group. Mary and Jim told the audience that working with a rehab programs is one of the greatest jobs in the world. Mary, in particular, was so very honored to share in the friendship and warmth of these rehab graduates. All of you folks in our PERF family are a continual inspiration and we thank you for filling us with the Christmas spirit!
  • We kept our appeal for the support of PERF low key this year, as you may have noted. Not only were many of you very generous to previous requests to support the Chair in the Rehabilitative Sciences, but we also knew that the economy and 9/11 put a strain on many of you. We appreciate all of you as friends and supporters of PERF. As friends, we didn't want to pressure any of you. You amazed us! We are overwhelmed by your generosity to the Chair and to PERF. There is so much work that yet needs to be done and with your help we can continue in our efforts to help those with respiratory problems. We have many, many people to thank.
  • Nicki McDonald of Oak Lawn, IL made a donation to the Chair in memory of her husband Robert A. McDonald. His name will join those of others in the Long Beach 500 Club, as will that of Jeanne Judge of Delray Beach, Florida.
  • Additional very generous donations were made to the Chair by Sustaining Members Alice and John Moore, John Boynton, Dr. Tom Petty, Billie Gaynor, James Lynch.as well as Reta Long who made a donation to the Chair AND to PERF in memory of her husband, Al.
  • Dorothy Hall, Betty Bennett, Lillian Marineau, RPT, Jim Fraser, Ted Von Goerlitz, C. Alopari, Michael Smith, Irene Peterson, and Priscilla Mills all made donations to the chair.
  • Other generous gifts to the Chair were made by Gladys Mollison and Dale Thompson.