• Boehringer Ingelheim made a generous donation to the Chair in lieu of an honorarium to Dr. Petty. Thanks to both BI and Dr. Petty! Lawrence Fine of Boynton Beach, FL joined Dr. Petty's Long Beach 500 Club. Peter Williams made a donation to the Chair in memory of his son, Keith. John Boynton of Cockeysville, MD made another of his regular generous quarterly donations.
  • Are you a health care professional who gets the AARC Times? If so, be sure to check out the October issue which will have an article on the last Rally for Research. If you are part of a hospital support group you might ask one of the respiratory therapists if they will share the article with you. It was well done.
  • Ruth Brand, Freda Standeford, Donna Wilson, and Margaret Holmberg all made donations to PERF as did Margaret Saul in memory of her daughter. The PEP Pioneers made donations in memory of Jewel Barker and Bill Purdum. We would like to add our condolences to those who have lost loved ones.
  • Hot off the Press is Inspirations: Stories of Breathing Better and Living Well. It is written by Jane M. Martin, RCP, a dedicated respiratory therapist who started the pulmonary rehab program at Holland Community Hospital, Holland MI. this book contains personal, first person stories of patients' triumphs over respiratory disease, their thoughts and experiences as they go through this process, and even some poems they have written. It is available at www.Infinitypublishing.com. Click on bookstore and type in the title. There are 215 pages and photos for only $14.95. Would you like more information? E-mail Jane directly at jmartin@macatawa.org.
  • You may remember that Christopher Columbus and one of his sailors, Rodrigo de Jerez, have the dubious distinction of having brought tobacco back to Spain from America. But did you know that the first smoking ban came into effect about the same time? The next time someone complains about smoking restrictions tell them what happened to old Rodrigo. The Spanish Inquisition saw that he was able to exhale smoke through his nose and mouth, a sure sign of evil! Continuing to smoke, he finally got a 3 year prison term toward the end of his life, which probably was an effective, if rather unpleasant, smoking cessation program. Congratulations to Genny and Sal for quitting without the help of the Inquisition!