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The Will Rogers Institute announced Casey Affleck as its 2013 Summer Theatrical Fundraising Spokesperson. The fundraising campaign, happening in movie theaters across the United States, is a time-honored tradition that began in 1936 and featured James Cagney, Humphrey Bogart and Bette Davis in the first public service announcement.

The money collected funds pulmonary research laboratories, medical school fellowships, neonatal ventilators for children’s hospitals and free educational materials.

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Participating Theaters

2013 Regal Summer Movie Express!

Select theater locations will host movies Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:00 AM for nine weeks. Admission is $1 with a portion of the proceeds going to WRI! View participating locations.

AMC Summer Nights
Starting June 24 for eight weeks, AMC Theatres will offer some of the past year’s biggest movies for just $3, with a portion of the proceeds to benefit the Will Rogers Institute, the Autism Society of America and Autism Speaks. Movies are on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. at more than 200 AMC locations.

Updated 2013 Edition Now Available!
Managing Your COPD Booklet
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Inside: Chronic Lung Disease, Disease Management, Surgical Approaches, Smoking Cessation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Staying Healthy, Living with COPD, Latest Research, and Resources

WRI & Boys & Girls Club Partnership Expands for 2013/2014
In 2013 WRI will now grant five $5,000 awards annually (one in each BGCA region of the US) to support Healthy Lifestyles programs.
In addition, WRI will donate $75,000 to Boys and Girls Club of America national fund to provide:
 - Staff and personnel dedicated strictly to implementing healthy lifestyle programs
 - General supplies to assist in implementing programs
 - Travel for training and award presentations
 - Resources, educational tools and vital training programs

WRI Neonatal Ventilator & Pulmonary Program
2013 Application Process Now Closed

Neonatal Ventilator Program and Application
2013 Neonatal Ventilator and Pulmonary Grant Recipients

Lauren Small Children's Medical Center Receives Grant
The Will Rogers Institute has awarded the Bakersfield Memorial Hospital Foundation a grant of $34,384 to purchase respiratory equipment for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU.) The NICU is part of the Lauren Small Children’s Medical Center.

Eastern Tennessee Children's Hospital Receives Grant
Regal Entertainment Group and the Will Rogers Institute granted $1 million ($500,000 each) to Eastern Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The money is being used for lifesaving cardiovascular, respiratory and radiology equipment. The staff and children at ETCH created a special thank you video for Will Rogers. View video here.

Ahoy Smokers!

Ready for a healthier, smoke-free you? Quitting smoking isn’t a breeze, but WRI has partnered with Covenant Health to create an app for your smartphone with tried and true strategies to help you quit. Visit to download the free Covenant Health Stop Smoking App and scuttle the habit once and for all! The app is free on iPhones and on Android phones.

Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the NIH & Former WRI Lung Research Award Recipient Has Health Blog
Dr. Collins is an American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project (HGP). He currently serves as Director of the NIH and is a former recipient of the Institute's Lung Research Award. Recent blogs include Smoking, How Influenza Pandemics Occur and Weighing in on Sugary Drinks. Follow Dr. Francis' Blog

Will Rogers Institute Public Service Announcement Promotes 60 Minutes of Activity A Day for Kids & Teens

On average, kids spend between five and six hours a day on media driven activities and not enough time on physical activity. Kids and teens are just not getting enough exercise to live a long and healthy life. In order to raise awareness about this issue, the Will Rogers Institute created "Kid Fit," a public service announcement that encourages kids to get 60 minutes of physical activity a day, even if it means just going outside and playing. Studies show that kids and teens that are active reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease, and anxiety, as well as increase their overall mood. 
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