• Donations
  • Thanks to Dr. Dave Lewis of Seattle, WA for his donation to PERF and for his greetings. Dave is a pulmonologist and was Director of the Sleep Lab at Harbor-UCLA. He became a true believer in pulmonary rehab and started his own program up in Seattle. Best wishes Dave, and keep us posted on your progress. The patients down in the Torrance area still speak of you fondly!
  • Thanks and greetings also to Elise Strauss and her group in Anchorage, Alaska. Mary had the privilege of spending two weeks with these special folks and will never forget their hospitality or beautiful state. We send a big hug to Rose Bailey, who helped save portable oxygen in Anchorage. She is a very special, very gutsy lady, who is an inspiration to all who meet her.
  • Ted von Goerlitz made a memorial donation to PERF in memory of his beloved Virginia Rose, as did Edward & Kele Thompson and Jennifer Omaya.
  • Memorial donations were made for Jeanne Rife's mother, Bertha Stanford, by Jim Wood, Marge & Ralph Baxter, Donna Jeffery, Bert and Pat Ternstrom, Mary Burns, Reta Long, Rubye Richey and Susan Hesser.
  • PERF would like to send special thanks to our Japanese friends at Teijin for their very generous donation. Teijin is a large Japanese company with many divisions. Their Home Healthcare division provides oxygen and other services to respiratory patients in Japan. But that is not where their efforts end. They have developed videos and teaching materials for patients. They also sponsor speakers from the United States at medical conferences for pulmonary physicians and health care personnel. PERF has been well represented. Several years ago, Mary Burns had the privilege of touring Japan for two weeks speaking about pulmonary rehabilitation. Dr. Rich Casaburi was there this August lecturing on the latest research on exercise for pulmonary patients. Dr. Tom Petty is credited with being the father of oxygen therapy in Japan, as he should also be honored in the United States.
  • On their latest visit a few weeks ago, our Teijin friends videoed Mary and Rich Casaburi as they sent greetings to patients at The Japanese Respiratory Society November 14th round table meeting. Professor Fukuchi, President of The Japanese Respiratory Society, has organized this historic event, in which Japan joins other nations around the world in celebrating World COPD Day. Japan has come very far in the past few years. It is one of the few countries, besides the United States, which offers pulmonary rehabilitation and portable oxygen, as well as patient support groups, for their respiratory patients. Many difficulties are still ahead of our pulmonary patients and we must continue our persistent struggle against them. All of us, all over the world, need to join forces, support each other, and become one in order to overcome the devastation of this disease. World COPD Day on November 17th is a big first step in that direction.
  • The United States will also be joining this event with the first national COPD Conference in Arlington, Virginia, November 14-15. Check the website at www.uscopdcoalition.org for detailed information. Mary Burns and Dr. Brian Tiep will be attending and writing a report for the Second Wind.