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The Problem

16 million people in the United States have chronic obstructive lung disease – and about the same number don’t know they have it! For too many men and women now live with a serious, progressive, and often undiagnosed medical condition impacting their life. Lung disease is one of the few disease categories where the number of people diagnosed continues to climb every year: The fastest growing members of this group are women.

While there is no cure at this time, research shows that with a correct diagnosis and treatment plan, the disease can be managed. Those with lung diseases like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), asthma, or interstitial lung disease (ILD) now can live many years enjoying life. However, we need more research across this wide spectrum of lung diseases to help lower the number of patients, and reduce the impact on those living with chronic lung diseases:

  • Earlier diagnosis means earlier relief from the burden of these diseases.
  • Earlier treatment helps slow disease progression.
  • Identification of new and effective treatments means fewer people need suffer.
  • Practical research can provide quick access for patients to effective treatments.

Our Accomplishments

PERF’s focus is on practical projects and research that can bring rapid benefit to patients with breathing difficulties. Among the many accomplishments we are very proud of, is the world’s first endowed Chair of Rehabilitative Sciences, and the research that demonstrates the benefit of pulmonary rehabilitation for patients with COPD and other respiratory conditions.

  • PERF has improved the quality of life for those with chronic breathing difficulties.
  • PERF is committed, with your help, to continue making a difference through research, education and outreach.
  • Please join us in this effort. Your donation does make a difference!

PERF is a small non-profit foundation entirely supported by volunteers.

  • PERF has an extremely low overhead (less than 10% over the past 5 years) and the Board of Directors and Medical Advisors receive no financial compensation for their work.
  • Your contributions go directly to research and education.

Donations are Tax-Deductible

One hundred percent of each gift may be deducted as a charitable contribution under both federal and state law. We are a 501(c)(3) organization. Please remember us when you are considering a worthy recipient for your charity. We are deserving!

Any contribution you choose to make will be gratefully acknowledged. A memorial donation, or one made to honor a special person, will also be acknowledged, not only to you but also to the the individual at the address you provide.

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Or mail your contribution to:
The Pulmonary Education and Research Foundation (PERF)
P.O. Box 1133
Lomita, CA 90717-5133.

Be sure to include any contact information that will be needed.