COPD Patients Form Choir Group 'The Pulmonaires' To Exercise Their Lungs

Steve Miller
March 14, 2018 - 5:22 pm
The Pulmonaires Choir

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ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A choir based in the northwest suburbs had a gig this afternoon: a lunchtime entertainment at the Northwest Community Healthcare cafeteria. 

It was also a celebration of their own ability to sing, WBBM Newsradio’s Steve Miller reports.

They toted their oxygen tanks. Everybody in the choir, about a dozen people, has COPD, a chronic lung disease.

And they call themselves "The Pulmonaires."

Jan Bahr is the Pulmonaires' director.

"Most of them have been in a choir before or done some singing before. It gives them the opportunity to actually do this once again,” the volunteer said.

Seventy-six-year-old Jim Wroble joined the choir before Christmas.

"I want to do things, and my oxygen is starting to slow me down. And this was one way I could get back to being active again."

Jean Stasiek
Jean Stasiek (Steve Miller/WBBM Newsradio)

Jean Stasiek, 67, was a charter member.

"It's going to help my lungs, but it's camaraderie. We're a group of goofy old people, and we have fun. And why not?"