• Is it too late to wish all of you a belated Valentine's Day? We really were thinking of you on the 14th, and would like to add our love to all the other warm messages we know you deserved.
  • As usual, we have been receiving messages from all over the United States, as well as from our friends in Japan, Turkey, and places like a Kibbutz in the Jordan Valley on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Doesn't that sound exotic? Along with fascinating details about the Kibbutz we are warned, however, that it is a challenging climate, 600 feet below sea level. But the true message for all of us, from this correspondence, is that pulmonary disease is blind when it comes to nationality, sex, religious beliefs or economic background. It is only by working together and ignoring the boundaries of borders, and other artificial ways we separate each other, that we will eventually overcome this devastating problem.
  • Most pulmonary rehabilitation programs in Southern California have already embraced this truth. At a recent meeting of the California Society of Pulmonary Rehabilitation, conducted at the Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center at Harbor-UCLA campus, the first planning session of the upcoming Respiratory Rally for Research was held with representatives of many of the programs. Enthusiasm is already running high among staff and patients about this very special Rally. Why? Well, we all are happily anticipating the fun we'll have at this best Rally ever. We also look forward to the education, and interaction between patients, clinical professionals, scientists and representatives of industry. But, this Rally will also present a wonderful opportunity to join together in our fight against respiratory disease. Education and research are the two big guns needed in this war. We hope to help by using this Rally to raise funds for the first Chair dedicated to pulmonary rehabilitation research. The activation of the Chair, and the increased science and education this will produce, is one way all of us can help, and be helped at the same time.
  • Dr. Tom Petty is the enthusiastic promoter of this concept, and he is bursting with ideas. Here is a letter that he has written for all.
  • The Long Beach 500 Club:
  • Please join us and become a member of the Long Beach 500 Club. I am proposing a new Club, to be called the Long Beach 500, for very compelling reasons. I want you to join me and at least 199 others in a race to raise $100,000 to support the Alvin Grancell / Mary Burns Chair in Pulmonary Rehabilitation Research which is being established at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The first intended occupant of the Chair is Dr. Richard Casaburi, our President of PERF. I have already sent my check for $500 to PERF. Please join me in the race and plan to be present at the gala Respiratory Rally for Research which will take place at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on June 22nd. At the celebration, we will review the past, present, and future of pulmonary rehabilitation and the prevention of emphysema.
  • Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines. Get out your checkbook and join the Long Beach 500 Club!
  • You have read Dr. Petty's letter. Does he expect each of you to also contribute $500? Of course not! But maybe each club, or you as an individual, can think of companies that would make a tax deductible contribution. As he pointed out, if we get only 200 donations of $500 we will achieve the sum of $100,000. Wow! We already have several representatives of industry committed to this goal. Dr. Petty and Mary Burns have pledged their support as well as the family of Robert Allen McDonald, whose name will be added to the cause in memoriam. The campaign is off and running before even being officially started!
  • The names of all contributors to this 500 club will be inscribed on a plaque to be hung in the Rehabilitation Center. They also will receive a certificate of participation suitable for framing, if they so wish.
  • The Respiratory Rally for Research will be held at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center on June 22nd. Speakers will include Dr. Tom Petty, Dr. Rich Casaburi, Dr. Paul Selecky and Dr. Brian Tiep, all as famous as stand-up comedians as they are for their research contributions! Watch for more details in future newsletters. Start planning now about how you too can join us for this once in a lifetime Rally!

  • Dr. Dave Lewis of Seattle made a donation in honor of Mary Burns as did Kevin Hettich of Carson City. Both donations are dedicated to the Chair, with sincere thanks from Mary for the honor they have done her.