April is National Sarcoidosis
Awareness Month

Your donation to the Bernie Mac
Foundation will help advance crucial
research in the field of Sarcoidosis.


The upcoming Purple Carpet Awards will now be held virtually. The link to view the event live will be posted to our Facebook page and website one week prior to the event.

This virtual event seeks to recognize key sarcoidosis warriors, Give an opportunity for special guests to talk about their personal experiences and knowledge on sarcoidosis, entertain you, bring a community closer together and raise money for our S.T.A.R. clinic at the UI Health Hospital.

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Bernard Jeffrey McCullough
October 5, 1957 – August 9, 2008

11 Year Anniversary

Celebrating Champions Inside the Sarcoidosis Community. Today we would like to take the time to honor and celebratethe beautiful life and very powerful legacy of our Founder and Chairman, Emeritus Bernard J. McCullough, a.k.a Bernie Mac. Eleven years ago, on August 9th, we lost a very hard working man who established a beautiful and great legacy. That legacy is his family, filling the world with laughter through his comedic genius and lastly supporting sarcoidosis patients via The Bernie Mac Foundation. On behalf of Rhonda R. McCullough, President and CEO, Board of Directors, Executive Directors, and Administration, we salute and pay homage to this great man today.

About The 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 2005 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 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.

Our Partners

Dr. Nadera J. Sweiss, M.D.
Heads the Bernie Mac S.T.A.R. Center

Dr. Patricia Finn
Professor and Head, Department of Medicine, UIC College of Medicine

Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA
Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs