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.”

May 06, 2013

Washington, DC – May 6, 2013 - The American Thoracic Society has joined forces with the DRIVE4COPD campaign to host COPD Awareness Night during the Philadelphia Soul’s game on Saturday, May 18. The game will be televised nationally by the CBS Sports Network and available to over 100 million households.

“Raising awareness of the third-leading killer of Americans during this Arena Football League game is just the latest collaboration between the American Thoracic Society and the COPD Foundation,” said John Walsh, president and co-founder of the Foundation, which leads the DRIVE4COPD Campaign. “While first and foremost a medical organization dedicated to research and the latest scientific knowledge, the ATS has integrated the patient perspective into its programs in ways that are unique among associations of health care professionals.”

The COPD Foundation is a member of the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable, a highly effective partner in the Society’s efforts to raise awareness of lung disease and to help patients and their though research, education, and advocacy. Mr. Walsh was the first chair of the ATS Public Advisory Roundtable.

March 11, 2013

Washington, DC - March 11, 2013 - Bristol Motor Speedway today announced that NASCAR's K&N Pro Series East event at Bristol Motor Speedway, set for Saturday, March 16, will be known as the DRIVE4COPD 125.

The DRIVE4COPD 125 is part of a Saturday doubleheader at BMS that includes Jeff Foxworthy’s Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race. Practice and qualifying for the DRIVE4COPD 125 is Thursday, March 14 with the green flag set to drop at 4:45 p.m. Saturday, directly after the Grit Chips 300. Richard Childress Racing driver Austin Dillon, honorary ambassador for DRIVE4COPD, will serve as the Grand Marshal for the race.


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