On behalf of the entire Board of Trustees and staff at the CHEST Foundation, I wanted to extend our well wishes for a Happy New Year and successful 2019! This year within the work of the CHEST Foundation, we want to stay committed to our mission of Championing Lung Health.
You may ask “what does that mean” and “what are we doing to champion lung health?” During this first quarter of 2019, we are diligently working on patient education programs, research grants, and community service outreach that will impact not only our donors, members, and young physicians but also elevate the awareness of lung health to communities across the United States. We are also holding several fundraising events to expand the awareness of the CHEST Foundation into our local communities. As you are reviewing this letter, we will be:
- Opening the grant applications portal that will give over $500,000 in research and community service grants in over 15 lung disease states, including COPD, IPF, and NTM, to name a few
- Launching and offering a new grant in sarcoidosis research
- Engaging our work groups and committees to expand our patient education materials and resources, which are easily accessible on our website
- Organizing our plans for our Inaugural Derby Dinner and Auction on Saturday, May 4, at the Water Club in New York City
I welcome you to join us in supporting our initiatives that are creating an impact in raising awareness for lung health and the CHEST Foundation. Apply for a grant, participate in a community event, join one of our committees, or plan to come to one of our upcoming fundraising events. There is so much we can do with your support.
Dr. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP