In June 2009, my mother, Kathleen Mai, was unexpectedly diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF). This came after weeks of misdiagnosis of pneumonia. Sadly, due to the delay of an accurate diagnosis of this deadly disease, my mom died just days later. We missed a window of opportunity for proper care and the possibility of a lung transplant that may have saved her life.
Growing up, my mother always taught me I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. I was told that anything short of being president, an astronaut or curing diseases would be an insult. Inspired by my upbringing and influenced by the way my mother conducted her own life, I decided to turn her tragedy into something positive — shortly after her death, I enrolled in Rush’s respiratory care program in the College of Health Sciences. Now my mission is to ensure answers are being pursued of pulmonary diseases so other families do not have to endure the heartbreak I did.
I am so proud to be involved with the Rush respiratory care program and to be a part of research projects. By making a gift to the Kathleen Mai Endowed Research Fund you can help support crucial research that may one day save a life. I know that mom would be truly proud of this.
Join me in my pursuit to find cures for pulmonary diseases. Please make a gift today to be an advocate for respiratory research.
Thank you for your consideration,