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Jenner & Block recently was honored by the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago (RHAMC) for its long standing support of the organization’s commitment to lung disease research and education.
The organization’s Outstanding Contribution in the Business Community award, was presented by Joel Africk, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association and a former Jenner & Block Partner. Partner Barry Levenstam, a member of the Board of Directors of RHAMC, accepted the award on behalf of the Firm.
The Firm has assisted and helped RHAMC on numerous pro bono matters and over the years has assisted in the organization’s service work, events and fundraising activities. Among some of the events Jenner & Block has helped with in the past include “Hike for Lung Health,” which usually takes place along Lake Michigan and involves a three mile hike along the lakefront.
This year marked the Firm’s sixth year of participation and ten year anniversary of RHAMC’s annual event, “Hustle Up the Hancock,” in which many Jenner & Block attorneys and staff members hike up the John Hancock Center’s 1,632 stairs to help RHAMC raise funds for lung research and education.
The Respiratory Health Association advocates the promotion of healthy lungs and fights against lung disease through research, advocacy, and education. The organization serves an estimated one million Cook County residents diagnosed with asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema, and other lung diseases through community based interventions. The policy goals of the association include advocating cleaner air, reducing tobacco use and exposure to second hand smoke, reversing the asthma epidemic in Chicago and improving treatments and cures for lung disease.