• Memorial donations were made to PERF by Marge Spitzel in memory of Louise Ottavi, Kay Arndt in memory of Anna Gage, Michael Gray in memory of Herman and Margaret Gray, Jeanne Barton in memory of Richard, Mary Burns and the PEP Pioneers in memory of Ed Baker, Mr. & Mrs. Denny Zamberlan in memory of George Richey, Leo Foley in memory of his wife Anna Gage, Jo Anne Lawonn in memory of Anne Lawonn, Lisa Salkever in memory of Henry Smith, and Rubye Richey in memory of George Richey, Jack Bauman and Nancy Carnelius.

  • Are you a health care professional whose main interest is pulmonary rehab? Did you plan to go to the cancelled AACVPR meeting in Minneapolis on September 12th? If so, you might be interested in attending the California Society for Pulmonary Rehabilitation (CSPR) meeting at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center April 5th-6th. The two-day meeting is packed with state of the art information delivered by world-class physicians, practitioners and scientists. And the price is right! For two full days of informative lectures you receive 11 CEU's for only $150.00, if you are a member of CSPR. Add $55 to that if you are not a member for a total cost of $205.00 How much does membership cost? Only $55.00, so you don't need to be an Einstein to figure that one out. We have a block of rooms reserved at the Airport Marriott for only $109 a night for one, or for as many as four who are allowed to share that room at no additional cost. What a bargain! For further information, or the brochure, e-mail Mary Burns at perf@pacbell.net or phone her at (310) 539-8390. We'd love to have you join us for fun and information at one of the best conferences of the year.

  • We were behind the times! In last month's issue we gave you the phone number of (212) 277-5581 as a source for finding the nearest COPD support group, saying that that the sponsor was a local Asthma/Emphysema Self-Help Group. The newly formed National Emphysema/COPD Association (NECA) incorporated in November now sponsors this number. NECA aims to be a membership driven and controlled organization. Their mission statement approved last year is: OTo promote empower patients, their families and caregivers to improve the quality of life by (1) providing advocacy, education, and support programs in partnership with compatible organizations and (2) promoting public awareness campaigns to increase research and improve prevention, early detection and care. We'll be telling you more about this group in the future, so watch for further details as we learn more about them.

  • Contributions for the Chair were made by Douglas and Margery King, Carol Daley, Don Murphy, Nadine Buntjer, Lillian Cane in memory of Dr. Seymour Cane, Dorothy Tanner, Rose Shields, Georgia Cline in memory of Andy Cline, Louis Rollino in memory of Dorothy, Donnarene Brown, Edith Winning, Jane Martin, CRTT of Holland Hospital in MI, and also Don Butler in honor of Dr. Richard Casaburi.

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  • Some friends in Anaheim, CA wrote a very articulate letter expressing their alarm about a paragraph in Dr. Casaburi's annual update. This paragraph referred to "branching out" to use techniques developed for COPD to help those on kidney dialysis or with prostate cancer, sickle cell anemia as well as children born with heart abnormalities. They were concerned that their donations were being used for these conditions rather than research for COPD, the forgotten disease. Not so, but we are SO glad that you wrote to us so that Dr. Casaburi could clarify this misunderstanding. Here, in part, is his response.