THE PRESIDENT'S MONTHLY MESSAGE
October 1st, 2023
I hope everyone has enjoyed the long days of summer. Now let us move into this new month October with all of the beautiful colors of autumn with new intentions, new goals, new love, new light, and new beginnings.
I hope you start the new month without any regrets or disappointments. Even if one month happens to be challenging, we can always embrace a new month to help us find the courage and determination to fulfill the month with all the things you want to do.
I like to wish my late husband and the Founder and President Emeritus of The Bernie Mac Foundation Bernard J. McCullough aka Bernie Mac a very Happy Birthday October 5, 2023. May you all have a safe and blessed October.
Rhonda R. McCullough
Rhonda R. McCullough
President and CEO
Celebrating Champions Inside the Sarcoidosis Community. Today we would like to take the time to honor and celebrate the beautiful life and very powerful legacy of our Founder and Chairman, Emeritus Bernard J. McCullough, a.k.a Bernie Mac. Fifteen 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, Medical Board of Directors, General Counsel, Executive Director,
and Administration, we salute and pay homage to
this great man today.
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
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.
Your donation to The Bernie Mac Foundation will help advance crucial research in the field of Sarcoidosis.
Hello Warriors! Our Program Assistant, Simone Ramsey recently had a “sit down” with our beloved President and CEO, Rhonda R. McCullough-Gilmore to shed some light on the reason behind the creation of The Bernie Mac Foundation. Most of you know, but to those who don’t, this interview gives you exclusive access into Rhonda’s personal experience with the ups and downs of sarcoidosis by way of Bernie Mac’s diagnosis and what she has learned through her husband’s journey. This intimate interview is informative, encouraging and encapsulates The Bernie Mac Foundation’s Mission and Vision. Please watch. Please share. Please support. - The Bernie Mac Foundation www.berniemacfoundation.org
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 161 North Clark St. Suite 1700 Chicago, Illinois 60601.
Please continue to support sarcoidosis research and increase your awareness by staying connected to The Bernie Mac Foundation Website.