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Dream Big. Breathe Easier

Now that the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation and the MUHC Foundation have joined forces, they launched a $10 million dollar respiratory campaign. The Dream Big: Breathe Easier campaign will invest in both Breathtaking Research and Breath-Giving Care.

Did you know that we take more than 500 million breath in our lifetime? When our lungs are healthy, we don’t think twice abut our breathing and often take it for granted. However, for someone who is living with a respiratory disease, they are constantly faced with breathing difficulties and every breath can be a struggle. Respiratory diseases are on the rise globally. Over 3 million people die from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) annually, an estimated 6% of all deaths worldwide. 235 million people suffer from asthma. And outdoor air pollution causes over 4 million premature deaths each year.

Both foundations are working tirelessly to ensure their patients can breath easier. Together, they will continue to provide highly specialized patient care. Conduct cutting-edge medical research. And train the next generation of respiratory specialists and leaders.

Plan to help Montrealers Breathe Easier


Innovation Grants. Respiratory Clinical Trials. The Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases Program of the RI-MUHC, the Respiratory Epidemiology and Clinical Research Unit and the Meakins-Christie Laboratories are pursuing new knowledge to change the course of respiratory medicine.


Personalized Medicine. Home Monitoring. The Respiratory Day Hospital will be transformed into a living laboratory. Home monitoring will use wearable technologies to follow patients’ symptoms at home, helping predict medical episodes before they happen.