• Update on Dr. Petty
  • As all of you know, Dr. Tom Petty has been seriously ill. Several weeks ago, he had his 4th open-heart surgery. He hopes to be able to write more about this later. In his own inimitable way, I'm sure he will turn his very difficult experiences into something profound and meaningful to him, and to you also. We asked you to send him cards and notes, which many of you did. Here are a few words from Dr. Petty about what those cards you send can mean to the person receiving them.
  • CARDS AND CARING
  • Of all the ways we can communicate our caring for other people, there is nothing to equal the hand written note. By its very nature, it is personal. Someone put a lot of thought into the message and indeed into the selection of the card and its message. Themes of caring, loving, comforting, healing and recovery are expressed in most cards, in a language that is art in itself.
  • During the past lengthy illness, I have received many cards of caring, and I deeply appreciate each one. Too many to respond to right now. One I particularly liked came from a long time friend DR Sreedhar Nair and his wife Rhoda, of Norwalk, CT. Sree, a renowned pulmonologist, has been an inspiration to many with COPD through his National Emphysema Foundation, that offers research support to worthy causes. The card I received yesterday says "Healing is a journey with a pace of its very own. It won't be rushed or hurried. It knows what's right for you alone"...How beautiful and appropriate for me.
  • All of the cards that I receive are treasured and saved to be read again, at a time when recovery is gaining momentum. Thanks to all who care.
  • Tom Petty

  • DONATIONS
  • Thanks to Dale & Doris Thompson for their donation AND for their kind words about the Second Wind. We appreciate both.
  • Jackie & Vince De Nevers, Madeline & Herb Rothchild, Ralph & Suzanne Donohue and Shirley Sinclair made donations in honor of the 50th wedding anniversary of Carolyn & Bob Hoffman. May we add our congratulations also?
  • When Carolyn & Bob Hoffman asked their friends to donate money to PERF for pulmonary research to honor their 50th anniversary, I'll bet they never dreamed what they would start. When we told Dr. Petty about this wonderful gesture he was excited and inspired by their example. Here is what resulted from that inspiration; another letter from Tom. (It has been distributed as eNewsletter on 4th of July - WM)
  • Celebrate Independence Day a Special Way!
  • Dear Friends,
  • This is the month that we celebrate our independence as a nation. The guarantees of freedom are the most precious gifts that our forefathers gave us. We now continue to enjoy these freedoms, as a way of life. This is the American Way!
  • Those of us who have suffered serious illness in the past, know what confinement and loss of control over most of our daily functions mean. Recovery signifies a restoration of these freedoms. All who have benefited from Pulmonary Rehabilitation, oxygen and other forms of care for COPD and related disorders have also experienced the restoration of personal freedom. So let's celebrate with a special gift to PERF, where our support will help others in their quest for freedom. I have decided to be an "Independence Donor" giving $230.00, one for each year of our country's existence. Perhaps some of you would like to join me in celebrating your independence? Supporting Donors with donations of $25, $50, $75, $100, or $150 would help update equipment, and support the newsletter. An even more ambitious goal would be to offer a grant of $30,000 a year for a foreign physician to spend a year at the Harbor-UCLA Rehabilitation Clinical Trials Center. This would allow the pursuit of a research project for a year with the opportunity to also learn about pulmonary rehab. My check is in the mail. Is yours? Thanks for joining me in this special effort.
  • Fraternally,
  • Dr Tom Petty
  • We all know what Tom Petty is celebrating! The Independence Donor Club started by Dr. Tom has taken off like the Indy 500. Joining immediately were all the members of the PERF Board of Directors. We stepped to the front of the parade as we made our contributions to celebrate Tom Petty's return to health. Are you celebrating your own improvement, or that of a loved one? Join us as either an Independence Donor or a Supporting Donor. It's a worthwhile cause and you will be in good company as we reflect on our country's freedoms as well as our own. .