Provena St. Joseph Medical Center sends group to Cruising with COPD

More than 50 people from Provena St. Joseph Medical Center pulmonary rehabilitation enjoyed an afternoon on Lake Michigan as part of the ninth annual Cruising with COPD on Tuesday, June 19.

Hosted by Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago, Cruising with COPD brought together more than 700 people living with COPD, their guests and pulmonary rehab staff from across Illinois and northwest Indiana to enjoy a luncheon cruise aboard Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago and Mystic Blue.

COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a lung disease associated with chronic bronchitis and emphysema that causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. An estimated 800,000 Illinoisans are living with COPD, but as many as half may not know that they have it.

Cruising with COPD raises awareness of COPD and supports a healthy, active lifestyle for people living with the disease by allowing them to socialize over lunch and enjoy live entertainment and a raffle. 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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