Leaders of the Past. Trailblazers of the Future.
Celebrating Our 25th Anniversary
In 1996, the CHEST Foundation was founded on the premise of delivering grants to our members. Now, more than 2 decades later, we’re venturing into a new era of philanthropic work—evolving in ways we never thought possible by creating premier patient education tools, tackling health disparities in marginalized communities, awarding millions in community grants, and partnering with physicians to offer better resources to patients. Join us as we remember the past, celebrate the present, and blaze into the future.
Help us reach our anniversary goal
More than 95 cents of every dollar we collect goes towards advancing clinical research, helping patients gain access to better care and giving caregivers the knowledge they need to feel empowered. In honor of our anniversary, help us reach our goal of raising $250,000. Your donation will make a tangible impact on the communities and the people we serve.
Patient education: a decades-long focus
A lot has changed in 25 years, but our focus has always remained the same—to champion lung health by providing the very best educational tools to patients. In 2015, we began developing easy-to-access information on 40 different lung health topics, and today that list has grown exponentially. Here, you’ll find some of our most popular resources for patients and caregivers.
Timeline: 25 years of achievements
Through CHEST Foundation-supported programs, CHEST’s 19,000+ members engage in clinical research, participate in community service, and deliver patient education, advancing the lung health of millions of patients in local communities around the world. This year, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we’d like to say a huge thank you to all our volunteers, donors, and staff who have served as champions for lung health, making the successes of the last 25 years possible!
C. Sola Olopade, MBBS, MPH, FCCP, won his second Humanitarian Award for his work to protect women and children in rural Nigeria from the hazards of exposure to the indoor pollution. Dr. Olopade continues humanitarian efforts in Africa, with funding from the NIH and United Nations Foundation.
“Beyond Our Walls” capital campaign launched, seeking support for CHEST’s new Innovation, Simulation, and Training Center featuring a new model of educational delivery for chest medicine professionals
CHEST Foundation offers first DVT Disease Awareness Month campaign, which inspired a greater effort in supporting similar campaigns delivering education on topics like COPD, asthma, lung cancer, and sarcoidosis
CHEST Foundation participated in the FDA’s first youth tobacco prevention campaign, “The Real Cost,” designed to educate at-risk youth about health dangers and quality of life impacts of tobacco use
CHEST Foundation names “Champions Circle” annual fund giving club, “Founders Society” recognizing CHEST members for cumulative lifetime giving, and “Friends of the Foundation” for long-term industry partners
Voices from our past and present
We’re proud to have given out more than $10 M in community and research grants since our founding. This type of funding has meant different things to different people throughout our history, and that’s what we believe makes our Foundation extraordinary. Hear what our leaders, donors and grant recipients have to say as we mark this historic occasion.
“Making an impact isn’t about funding Nobel Prize-winning work. It’s about providing education and resources to the people who can’t access or afford such things. It’s about the projects that provide care to the human beings that need it.” Bart Chernow, MD, Master FCCP
“The foundation’s grant program has been successful beyond my imagination. To date, we’ve given $10 million to community service projects. Securing this type of funding has been one of the most gratifying activities that I’ve been involved in.” Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
“The foundation has recently shifted in a new direction—one that focuses on perspective. We need to start hearing from patients in our most underserved communities to understand their point of view. Without that knowledge, we can only do so much.” Ian Nathanson, MD, FCCP
”The CHEST Foundation Diversity Award helped define a turning point in my career. It gave me the opportunity to develop pilot analyses that were used for subsequent larger grant applications. The first few years of a first faculty appointment for a physician scientist is often a vulnerable time. Opportunities to secure pilot funding in that critical window is often the key to success. I am grateful to the CHEST Foundation for supporting me in this journey.” Stephanie Lovinsky-Desir, MD
“The CHEST Foundation funding was crucial in advancing my research career. It allowed me to collect preliminary data that I used to obtain additional federal funding. The funding also helped me train young researchers who participated in my projects, many of whom have continued a path of research.” Ghada Bourjeily, MD
“There have been so many great leaders that have carried our torch for a long time. They were, and always will be, our champions. Now we’re looking to find new torch carriers who can propel us forward. It’s exciting to think about where they are going to lead us to. I hope this anniversary serves as launching pad to find our future torch bearers.” Rudy Anderson, VP, Fundraising and Executive Director
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