COPD Foundation Circle of Friends Event Launches COPD Awareness Month

October 25, 2021

Experts, Patients, and Celebrities Come Together for Nov. 4 Virtual Event to “Lace-Up” for Research, Education, Advocacy, and a Cure; Donor Match Continues through December 2021

Miami, FL, October 26, 2021 – Patient advocacy and research organization, the COPD Foundation, kicks off COPD awareness month with the celebrated annual Circle of Friends event, November 4 at 5 p.m. EDT. The event will be virtual and open to the global community.

Registration for the Circle of Friends is now open and is free for all participants.

This year’s Circle of Friends theme is "Lace-Up for Lungs," a popular social advocacy campaign (#LaceUpforLungs) in which participants lace-up and champion the need for better breathing and lung health, exercise and activity, and quality of life and caring for those impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), bronchiectasis, and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease.

"The Circle of Friends and Lace up for Lungs provide an opportunity for the global community to come together and generate awareness and opportunity for all patients with chronic lung conditions," explained Ruth Tal-Singer, PhD, President of the COPD Foundation.

"Registrants at the Circle of Friends event will hear about the Foundation’s 360-degree partnership with our global community and our commitment to preventing COPD, bronchiectasis, and NTM lung disease while we improve lives and advocate for all affected."

The event agenda is packed with valuable information and entertainment, including:

  • Jenna Bush Hager of the NBC Today Show opens the Circle of Friends program with a special introduction and tribute to her grandmother, Barbara Bush, who was impacted by COPD.
  • Circle of Friends registrants will hear from patient advocates, caregivers, scientists, and medical experts in research, education, and advocacy as they share stories of perseverance, innovation, courage, and hope.
  • The COPD Foundation's co-founder David Mannino, MD, will be recognized with the John W. Walsh Legacy Award.
  • Patti Everly will present the Phil Everly COPD Champion award, gifted this year to Grammy-award singer-songwriter Vince Gill. You won’t want to miss this moving tribute.
  • Singer-songwriter Joshua Radin will entertain Circle of Friends attendees with his acoustic and classic Americana musical stylings.

"We’re also pleased to announce that donations raised by giving to Lace-Up for Lungs during the Circle of Friends event and through the end of December 2021, will be matched, thanks to the generous contributions of Foundation supporters." Tal-Singer said.

Matching donations can be made to the COPD Foundation “Lace-Up for Lungs.”

The Foundation also welcomes participants in the Lace-Up for Lungs campaign.

About the COPD Foundation
The COPD Foundation is a not-for-profit organization that was established to improve the lives of people with COPD, bronchiectasis, and nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) lung disease through initiatives that expand services and speed innovations which will make treatment more effective and affordable. We do this through scientific research, education, advocacy, and awareness with the goal of disease prevention, slowed progression, and ultimately a cure. The COPD Foundation leadership and Medical and Scientific advisory committee include representatives of the lung community, clinical science, genetics, and the social sciences (bioethics, economics, and/or law).

Contact: Carol Johnson,
Sr. Director of Communications & Marketing
COPD Foundation



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