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Jenner & Block helped the American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago (ALAMC) (now known as the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago) raise $265,000 in the nonprofit’s fourth annual “Blow the Whistle on Asthma” Walk campaign on September 12. Partner Barry Levenstam is a board member of the ALAMC and again served as captain of the “Jenner-ous Asthma Block-ers,” a Firm team of more than a dozen attorneys and staff who turned out for the 3-mile walk along Chicago’s lakefront. The Jenner & Block contingent raised approximately $12,000 in recent weeks for Asthma research and education programs.
“The American Lung Association of Metropolitan Chicago wouldn’t be able to help the people who suffer from asthma every year without the generous support of people like you,” said Joel J. Africk, CEO of the ALAMC, to the hundreds of individuals in attendance just before the start of the Asthma Walk. Mr. Africk is a former Jenner & Block Partner.
Jenner & Block was honored during the nonprofit’s annual meeting with their annual 2004 Corporate Service Award, going to a professional organization who has done the most to assist the ALAMC in their mission. Jenner & Block attorneys has also provided pro bono legal services for the ALAMC. The ALAMC uses the funds raised by its corporate and individual supporters to aid the 28 million Americans who suffer from some form of lung disease, including the 96,000 children in the Chicago-area alone who suffer from asthma. The organization also aims each year to educate the Cook County community about the hazards of smoking.
Mr. Levenstam became involved in the fight against the disease when his daughter developed a serious case of asthma. For the past three years, he has captained Jenner & Block’s team in the Asthma Walk. This year he climbed the Hancock Building for the first time during the annual “Hustle Up the Hancock,” another popular annual fundraiser for the American Lung Association in which Jenner & Block annually fields a team.
“It’s wonderful to see so many people – especially from the Firm – out to support this important cause,” said Mr. Levenstam. “Events like this are critical to improving the health and well-being of those who suffer from asthma.”
To learn more about the ALAMC, click here.