• COPD CAUCUS
  • Do you remember back in June of 2003 we told you the exciting news about the Congressional COPD Caucus being planned by Senator Mike Crapo (R. Idaho)? He called pulmonary problems a national concern and was joined by Senator Blanche Lincoln (D. Arkansas) and Rep. John Lewis (D. Georgia). We hope that your senators and representatives will soon join this Caucus also. Perhaps you will be inspired to urge them again when you read the following news item from Washington reported by John Leaman, editor of Respiratory News and Views.
  • Senator Mike Crapo (R. Idaho) on January 19th asked Michael Leavitt to bring a new focus on pulmonary health issues if he is confirmed as the new Health & Human Services Secretary.
  • In confirmation hearings before the Senate Finance Committee, Senator Crapo declared “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, is the 4th leading cause of death in our nation. While statistics show improvement in other chronic health areas, pulmonary health continues to decline. Annual per capita expenditures for Medicare beneficiaries with COPD are two-and-one-half times higher than those without COPD. I want Secretary-designate Leavitt to bring an increased emphasis on COPD.”
  • Mr. Leavitt told Senator Crapo he was already aware of Crapo’s campaign to bring more attention and resources to COPD. He pledged that if confirmed he would make COPD issues a priority.
  • We will be following this carefully and keep you posted. It is nice to know that we have at least one friend in the Senate who is trying to raise awareness of this very important issue.
  • Senator Crapo gets our vote as the COPD valentine of the Year!

  • THANKS FOR THE REMEMBERANCES!
  • A great many of you generously remembered PERF during the holiday season. We appreciate the donations received and also the good wishes from those of you unable to contribute at this time. Our thanks go to Gene Voohres and Dr. Paul Selecky for their donations for the Chair, along with Louis Rollino for the Chair in memory of Dorothy Rollino, L.B. Cane in memory of Dr. Seymour H. Cane, Ann Wentink, in honor of Mary Burns and Jim Wood in memory of Carlin Wood.
  • Mary Burns and the PEP Pioneers joined Allen Morita and his family in memorial donations for his mother, Sachiko Morita. Reta Long, Mary Burns and the PEP Pioneers also donated in memory of Dorothy Hall. These two ladies often helped prepare the newsletter for mailing. They were dear friends and will be sorely missed.
  • Thanks also to Kevin & Judy Hettich, Dr. David Lewis, Gladys Mollison, Keith Elledge, Joyce Bauman, Carol Smith, Rhodo J. Kelley, Carolyn & Gary Verhage, Robert Zerfing, Warren Mittelholz, Sam & Vicky Praw, Ted Von Goerlitz, William & Lucinda Wright, Rubye Richey, Keith Elledge, Joyce Bauman, Carol Smith and Rhodo J. Kelley,
  • Chris Garvey, RN, MPN of Seaton Medical Center made a donation in memory of. Michael Stulbarg, MD. Dr. Stulbarg was a national leader in research and compassion for persons with lung disease. He trained hundreds of residents, fellows, and students who have gone on to care for patients with lung disease around the country. All of us join Chris in condolences to his family.
  • Dr. Richard Casaburi and his lovely wife Mary showed where their hearts are. They made a very generous donation to their favorite charity and ours, PERF. No one knows better than the PERF Board members how carefully each cent is husbanded.
  • Alvin Grancell made a donation in honor of the 95th birthday of his brother Sherman. This gift to PERF will be used for the training of foreign scientists from countries needing assistance in learning more about the care of pulmonary patients. His brother and sister-in-law, Sherman & Sylvia Grancell, made an equally generous donation. Dr. Janos Porszasz also donated to this special cause.

  • Do you have a question about respiratory disease that has been bothering you? If so, feel free to write and ask us, either through our web site or by mail. We answer all of your letters.