What’s Happening at RHA?

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September 27, 2017


NO ROLLBACKS FOR OUR STATE’S BIGGEST POLLUTER! Governor Rauner’s EPA is poised to eliminate air pollution safeguards that would allow THOUSANDS MORE TONS of air pollution into the air you breathe every year. According to today’s Chicago Tribune, Illinois EPA and the state’s largest polluter, Dynegy. Inc. have been rewriting Illinois air pollution laws in secret since last year, and are […]
September 13, 2017

Celebrating Tobacco 21 Success

Village of Maywood is recognized for raising tobacco purchase age. RHA has presented the Village of Maywood with a Lung Health Champion award in recognition of its trailblazing Tobacco 21 ordinance. In May, the Village Board unanimously voted to raise the minimum legal age for tobacco product sales in the village from 18 to 21. […]
September 7, 2017

Help Second Wind Raise Funds Through Hike for Lung Health

Charity Partner Second Wind Assists Lung Transplant Candidates & Recipients Since the mid-1990s, the average number of lung transplants per year has grown from 400 to over 2,000. Second Wind Lung Transplant Association has worked to improve the quality of life for lung transplant patients, lung surgery candidates, people with related pulmonary concerns and their […]
September 1, 2017

Her Son’s Songs Push Esperanza Fe Borg

Esperanza has lived through the unthinkable. Six years ago her son, John, died of pulmonary hypertension. This is how John described himself on Facebook: “I’m a pretty simple person to satisfy. Just surround me with good friends and good people, and what more could I want?” John rarely complained after his diagnosis. As his condition […]
August 28, 2017

Dr. Cory Sellers is Running on Love

All the text said was “Call us.” Dr. Cory Sellers knew right away that something was wrong. He had always been close with his parents, and their interactions were normally warm and conversational. But nothing about the past few months had been normal. It had started with a cough in October of 2016. A primary […]
August 17, 2017

Matt Cantu Runs for His Family

Matt Cantu has lots of good reasons to run with RHA’s Lung Power Team, but initially, he was worried about fundraising. Now, he’s over 75% of the way to his $1,500 goal. His first donors were his wife’s parents. Then, Matt put out a request for donations on social media, but he did more than […]
August 10, 2017


Fisk & Crawford Coal-Fired Power Plants Closed August 2012.   Five years ago this month, Respiratory Health Association helped secure the closure of Chicago’s two biggest polluters, the coal-fired Fisk power plant located in Pilsen and the Crawford plant in Little Village. Together they emitted thousands of tons of sulfur dioxide (SO2) and nitrogen oxides […]
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