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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)  is a term used to describe progressive lung diseases and includes emphysema, chronic bronchitis and non-reversible asthma.

There are thirty million people who suffer from chronic respiratory disease in the United States alone. It is among the few disease categories that continue to increase in numbers every year.

PERF’s focus is on practical projects and research that bring benefits to pulmonary patients in the short term. Among the many accomplishments we are very proud of, is the world’s first endowed Chair of Rehabilitative Science.  PERF has made significant strides in a short period of time. Please see PERF Supports Rehabilitation Research.

While there’s no cure at this time research has shown that with a correct diagnosis and treatment plan the disease can be managed.  Those with COPD can live for many years enjoying life.

PERF is committed to improving the quality of life for those with COPD.  Please join us in this effort.  Your donation does make a difference.

Your Donation is Tax Deductible

PERF is a small non-profit foundation entirely supported by volunteers. PERF has an extremely low overhead(less than 9% 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.

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

If you do, 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 address of notification you provide.

You may click the green button below to donate online:

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.

Your Shopping Can Earn Additional Money for PERF

PERF is registered with two programs that make it possible for you to donate to the important research that our medical staff at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute (LABioMed) conducts all year long, without actually digging into your own pocket for the funds we will receive. Both programs allow you to shop online for products as you normally do, with the only difference being that a small portion of your purchase price is donated by the shopping portal to a charity of your choice. These programs cost the user nothing; the donations are made by the shopping portal or merchants who participate. Following are the two programs you can use to turn your online shopping into a cost-free opportunity to donate to PERF.


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same prices, selection, and shopping experience as at amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization. You can choose from nearly one million organizations to support, including PERF.

If you’ve already shopped on Amazon.com, then switching to AmazonSmile will be a breeze. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know: same products, same prices, same service. The only difference between the two sites is that instead of logging in at https://amazon.com, you log in instead at https://smile.amazon.com. There you choose a charity. Look for the Foundation For Pulmonary Education And Research. Then shop as usual. Your shopping will automatically generate a donation to PERF.

Giving Assistant

Giving Assistant is a shopping portal where you can purchase products from nearly 3,000 stores including Saks Fifth Avenue, World Market, JC Penney, Vitacost, Express, Loft, The Vitamin Shoppe, Walmart, Home Depot and Macy’s, to name but a few. All of the merchants on the site offer cash back to their online customers. At the site, you can apply coupon codes at checkout, and then either keep the cash back that you’ve earned, or donate all or part of that cash-back amount to a charity of your choice. Log in at https://givingassistant.org, and choose a charity to receive the donations that you generate. Look for the Foundation For Pulmonary Education And Research. Then shop as usual. Your shopping will automatically generate a donation to PERF.

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