About The Bernie Mac Foundation
We are dedicated to a more thorough understanding of Sarcoidosis the disease, its impact on patients’ lives and current opinion regarding treatment. This international community of thought leaders, healthcare providers (researchers and clinicians) and patients will raise funds to support research and create education-based opportunities for patients and their families.
Started in 2007 and headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the Foundation is chaired by Bernie's wife Rhonda.
April Is National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month
In 2008, Congress declared April as National Sarcoidosis Awareness Month to bring more attention to this rare, multisystem disease. Five years later, we are slowly but surely making progress, both in public awareness and in research of sarcoidosis. Purple is the color of the ribbon for sarcoidosis awareness.
Sarcoidosis causes inflammation, called granuloma, in different areas of the body. Because it can appear anywhere from the lungs to the eyes to the heart, it can manifest in a variety of symptoms including swollen lymph nodes, skin sores, and lumps in the lungs—or no symptoms at all. With treatment, many people recover, although it can take several years. Others may have a harder time and can suffer greater organ damage. Even when symptoms subside, called remission, sarcoidosis can return. In rare cases, sarcoidosis is fatal. Researchers don't yet know what causes sarcoidosis.
Creative Ways To Support The
Here are some simples steps you can take to support the Bernie Mac Foundation:
- Check if your company has a corporate match for your charitable contributions, and apply for it.
Send an email to 25 of your friends/family members/colleagues, and ask them to donate $5 to the Bernie Mac Foundation! Make checks payable to the Bernie Mac Foundation, and mail to the office at 150 North Michigan Avenue Suite 2800 Chicago, Illinois 60601.
- Continue to support sarcoidosis research and increase your awareness by staying connected to the Bernie Mac Foundation Website.
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Health Care Professionals
Bernie Mac Foundation Medical Partners
Bernie Mac Sarcoidosis Translational Advanced Research (S.T.A.R. Center)
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System
|| Dr. Nadera J. Sweiss, M.D.
Dr. Sweiss heads the Bernie Mac S.T.A.R. Center.
|| Jerry L. Bauman, Pharm.D., FCCP, FACC
Mr. Bauman is the Interim Vice President for Health Affairs.
|| Dr. Joe G.N. “Skip” Garcia, M.D.