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Message from the Chair, Michael T. Amato — Supporting the ARCF that Supports the Future of the Profession

Welcome to our second newsletter of 2015 from the American Respiratory Care Foundation (ARCF), which is dedicated to promoting respiratory health through the support of research, education, and patient-focused philanthropic activities in respiratory care. This issue is focused on the Foundation efforts and activities to achieve its Mission through the first half of 2015.

It has been a busy six months for the ARCF as we continue our attempts to raise funds to continue our support of the respiratory care profession. In this edition of the newsletter, you will hear about the exciting raffles and prizes we provided at Summer Forum during the Welcome Reception. We will also provide some additional information about our Annual Fundraiser, Night on the Bay, to be held on November 6th prior to the AARC Congress in Tampa, Florida. This year we are offering not one, but 2 prize drawings for two very exciting travel packages.

We are also deeply sadden by the passing of two ARCF Emeritus Trustees this year. Dr. William H Miller and Dr. Forrest Bird, two great pioneers in the respiratory care community and early innovators in the profession. We will pay our respects and honor Dr. Miller in this newsletter and Dr. Bird later this year in a fall edition of our Newsletter.

Finally, I want to thank all of you for your time, efforts, energy and financial support of the ARCF. Without each of you in the respiratory care community, we could not accomplish our Mission as a foundation. But we want to remind you that while our fundraisers are exciting and fun events, you can donate to the ARCF year round and in many cases it is a tax-deductible donation. Please consider supporting the ARCF that supports you---the respiratory therapist.

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