Cruising with COPD

On June 21, more than 40 people from Provena Medical Center in Joliet enjoyed an afternoon on Lake Michigan as part of Cruising with COPD.

Hosted by Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Cruising with COPD brings 500 people living with COPD, their guests and pulmonary rehab staff from across Illinois and metro Chicago to enjoy a luncheon cruise aboard the Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lung disease that causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. An estimated 1 million Illinois residents are living with COPD, but as many as half may not know that they have it.

Cruising with COPD is a way to raise awareness of COPD and support a healthy, active lifestyle for people living with the disease. For the event, Respiratory Health Association meets the needs of people living with COPD by providing medical support, oxygen tanks and wheelchair transport.

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Photos courtesy of Jonathan Mathias.

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