Foundation Hosting Annual Awards & Recognition Benefit in NYC to Honor Community Leaders

November 30, 2010

Contact: Ifdy Perez, COPD Foundation
1-866-731-2673, ext. 398

COPD Foundation Hosts Annual Awards and Recognition Benefit in New York City to Honor Community Leaders 

U.S. Senator Michael Crapo, Dr. James Kiley of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Dr. Gerard Turino of St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, Shell Foundation and DRIVE4COPD Campaign among others are recognized for their efforts in research, awareness, and advocacy.

Washington, DC — November 10, 2010 — Recognizing leaders who have been instrumental in spreading awareness, supporting research and leading advocacy initiatives for the community of 210 million individuals worldwide who are affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the COPD Foundation will host its annual Awards and Recognition Benefit, Thursday, December 9, 2010, 6:30-9PM, at the Hudson Theater, 145 West 44th Street, NY, NY. Entertainment will be provided by the New York Theatre Ballet and the Sing We Enchanted choral group.
For information about attending the event or placing a congratulatory program advertisement, contact Brandi Suttles at, 1-866-731-2673 ext. 451.

“We want to thank these individuals and organizations for their hard work and relentless efforts to help improve the quality of life for those affected by COPD, both in their community and worldwide,” says Dr. Byron Thomashow, medical director at New York Presbyterian Hospital and chairman of the COPD Foundation. “The COPD Foundation is proud to honor these individuals on behalf of the 24-36 million Americans and the 210 million COPDers worldwide.”


John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation adds, “We’re honored that we’re recognizing such an exceptional group of individuals and organizations that have made a significant impact in the progress of research and awareness of COPD.”

Among the honorees:   

U.S. Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID) for his efforts in the Congressional COPD Caucus.

Dr. James Kiley of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the NIH for his leadership in vastly expanding the pulmonary portfolio with an increasing focus on COPD, establishing a collaboration with the CDC, public and private stakeholders and the public awareness momentum built by the Learn More Breathe Better® national awareness campaign.

John Leaman, an individual with COPD, editor of the Respiratory News and Views publication, and respected leader in the community who has set an example for other individuals with COPD across the country to take personal responsibility and act.

Dr. Ruth M. Tal-Singer, vice president of the COPD Clinical Discovery Respiratory Centre for Excellence in Drug Discovery for GlaxoSmithKline, for her leadership role in establishing a groundbreaking collaboration, the COPD Biomarkers Qualification Consortium, to accelerate the development of new therapies for individuals with COPD.

Dr. Gerard Turino, an esteemed pioneer in pulmonary medicine and leading researcher in COPD. Also founding chair of the COPD Foundation and the James P. Mara Center for Lung Disease at the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City.

DRIVE4COPD Campaign for the successful launch of the 2010 nationwide awareness campaign and their engagement of celebrities to find the “missing millions” of undiagnosed Americans by the end of the year.

Shell Foundation for its dedication to improve indoor air quality in the homes of families in developing countries where exposure to environmental pollution and biomass fuels are primary causes of COPD.

“The honorees exemplify the courage, spirit and leadership that will allow us to realize our ultimate mission: to identify all individuals at risk and affected by COPD, improve their quality of life and support the research we need to find a cure,” says Walsh.

About the COPD Foundation

The COPD Foundation is the leading non-profit organization dedicated to developing and supporting programs to improve the quality of life of those affected by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S. and worldwide, and is the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed; 210 million are estimated to have COPD worldwide. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. For more information about COPD, visit our website or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).