Statement of the COPD Foundation on the Death of Congressman John Lewis

Congressman John Lewis

Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Late last evening, America lost one of its greatest civil rights leaders, Congressman John Lewis. A tireless advocate for racial and social justice, he stepped forward to serve those who faced many challenges including people with COPD.

Congressman Lewis was a founding co-chair of the Congressional COPD Caucus where he contributed his voice, his passion, and his power to our community’s needs. In November 2019, the Foundation honored his longstanding commitment to our mission with the Edna Shattuck Advocacy Award.

"We are deeply saddened to learn the news of Congressman Lewis’ death," commented Dr. James Crapo, the COPD Foundation’s Chairman of the Board and Interim CEO. "We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and loved ones and want them to know he will be sorely missed by our community among so many who benefitted from his leadership."