February 19, 2014

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. The 56th annual DRIVE4COPD300 is the season-opening event for the NASCAR® Nationwide Series. The race takes place during NASCAR®’s biggest weekend on the day before the Daytona 500, and will feature the rising stars of the NASCAR® Nationwide Series. The DRIVE4COPD300 is considered the most prestigious event on the Nationwide Series calendar. Tony Stewart is the defending race winner from 2013.

NASCAR® is an invaluable partner supporting DRIVE4COPD’s mission to drive awareness of COPD - a disease that takes one life every four minutes in the U.S. As the official health initiative NASCAR®, DRIVE4COPD educates race fans across the country on the signs and symptoms of COPD, and encourages them to be screened to determine their risk. An estimated 24 million Americans live with COPD, and the campaign aims to diagnose the “missing millions” living with the disease.

The DRIVE4COPD300 race will air on ESPN at 1:15 pm ET.

January 17, 2014

Palm Beach, Fla. – As the sun prepares to rise upon the 2014 Mello Yello NHRA Drag Racing Series, tens of thousands of passionate drag racing fans will flock to Palm Beach International Raceway™ for the fourth consecutive year, the lighting quick quarter-mile plays host to The Professional Racers Owners Organization, Inc. PRO Winter Warm-up on January 17th & 18th 2014. And the honor of starting the event both nights by singing the United States National Anthem will be NHRA Drag Racer and Drive4COPD Advocate Ambassador Joe Morrison.

Morrison, a professionally trained vocalist and guitar player has years of experience performing in front of large crowds. In fact, in 2013, the talented Drag Racer from Flemington, NJ played in a Van Halen Tribute Band. However, this will be the first time that the aspiring Top Fuel Dragster Driver has been given the honor of paying tribute to America by singing the National Anthem in-between two of the very same Top Fuel Dragster's he's planning on driving in 2015.

"Growing up in Drag Racing, one of my favorite traditions is the singing of the Star Spangled Banner prior to the firing of the first pair of race cars," noted Morrison, a second-generation drag racer who has served as an Advocacy Captain in the State of New Jersey for the COPD Foundation for the past three years. "But to be given this honor to sing our Nation's National Anthem in front of my peers and the thousands of passionate drag racing fans at PBIR is truly special. I can't thank Joe Castello of WFO Radio and the staff at PBIR enough for this outstanding opportunity. As a proud American I will pour my heart into this effort."

Presented by Bennett Auto Supply, the PRO Winter Warm-up will feature an impressive group of drag racing’s elite including Kalitta Motorsports drivers Doug Kalitta, David Grubnic, Del Worsham and Alexis DeJoria – the daughter of Paul Mitchell Hair Products founder John Paul Dejoria.

November 01, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 1, 2013) – NASCAR® announced today that it will lead a joint campaign with Official Partner DRIVE4COPD throughout COPD Awareness Month (November) to drive awareness and encourage fans to get screened for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD, a debilitating lung disease, is the third-leading cause of death in the United States and affects as many as 24 million Americans but approximately half still remain undiagnosed. DRIVE4COPD has been the Official Health Initiative of NASCAR since 2010 and has been responsible for screening more than 2.7 million NASCAR fans.

“DRIVE4COPD’s mission to generate awareness and get people screened is one of extreme importance to NASCAR as it directly affects many of our fans,” said Jim O’Connell, NASCAR chief sales officer. “COPD is responsible for taking one life every four minutes. We share a passion with our partner to make our fans aware of this life-threatening disease and are determined to help get even more of them screened this month.”

August 06, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C./Bristol, TN – August 6, 2013 – The COPD Foundation (COPDF) announces that it will sponsor a weekend of educational and screening events for the public, August 23 – 24, 2013, at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tenn., to raise awareness about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious and progressive lung disease that is the third leading cause of death in the United States. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon, official spokesperson and honorary ambassador of the DRIVE4COPD campaign, the official health initiative of NASCAR®, will be on hand to show his support of families affected by COPD, and encourage more people to get screened for the disease, especially in Tennessee, which has the third highest rate of COPD in the country.

A booth featuring educational materials and giveaways will be staffed from 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm on Friday, August 23 and Saturday, August 24. The public should visit the Corporate Display area, located near BMS Hospitality Village at the base of the ramps to the front stretch grandstands between the Speedway and Bristol Dragway, to learn more about the disease and ways they can help. Pins featuring the blue and orange DRIVE4COPD logo of the pinwheel will also be on sale at the Speedway World Gift Shop with proceeds going to benefit the COPD Foundation.

July 30, 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 30, 2013 – The COPD Foundation (COPDF) today announces the release of “Breathing Easier In Tennessee: How Employers Can Mitigate the Health and Economic Costs of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,” discussing strategies for employers in Tennessee to improve the productivity and quality of life for employees living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The rate of prevalence of COPD in Tennessee is 8.7 percent, the third highest in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“COPD causes avoidable productivity losses and higher healthcare costs, especially in Tennessee,” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder, COPDF. “Employers have everything to gain by offering education and health management to encourage early screening for COPD, facilitate earlier diagnosis and improve quality of life for those who are affected.”

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