RV4TheCause Taking Educational Programs On the Road to Spread COPD Awareness

March 09, 2011

March 9, 2011, Paramus, NJ – The COPD Foundation is partnering with RV4TheCause – a national charitable initiative designed to educate professional advisors on helping clients impacted by chronic illnesses -- on its second major professional seminar tour throughout Princeton, NJ, Washington, DC, Chapel Hill, NC, Jacksonville, FL and Tampa, FL, March 24, 2011 through April 10,  2011. A national Webinar will be broadcast March 31, 2011 at 1:30PM EST, hosted by Leimberg Information Services, Inc.

Other partnering national non-profits include the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. The tour, entitled “Estate, Financial and Tax Planning for People Living with Chronic Illnesses,” will include numerous seminars presented by Martin Shenkman, co-creator of the program as well as representatives from different organizations.

“The COPD Foundation is pleased to join the partnership with RV4TheCause,” says John Walsh, president of the COPD Foundation. “Finding a cure is a common goal among our organizations and we’re grateful for this opportunity to create more awareness and interest for COPD.”

Shenkman launched RV4TheCause with his wife Patti, who was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2006. The charity seeks to educate attorneys, accountants, financial planners and insurance professionals serving the 120 million Americans affected by many different chronic illnesses.

Shenkman and his wife are accompanied by a Norfolk Terrier, Elvis (a licensed therapy dog) while traveling across the country in an Airstream Trailer. On the road, Shenkman and his team speak at pre-arranged seminars and events for professional advisors to teach them how they can effectively help current and future clients who are living with a serious illness.

“From personal experience in working with colleagues, I’ve realized the importance of assisting fellow professionals and providing them with the resources necessary to better serve their clients and help them minimize tax, legal and financial difficulties chronic illness can create,” Shenkman says.

Shenkman, who has more than 25 years experience as an attorney, is also a CPA and author who has devoted his career to helping those living with chronic diseases in coping with financial, tax, estate and other issues.

The seminars and webinars are provided at no cost to attending professionals, courtesy of the firms hosting each program, and each host welcomes media inquiries.

To view the seminar schedule, visit: http://www.rv4thecause.org/seminar-schedule/

Continuing professional education credits will be granted, if approved, as a courtesy of Lorman Education Services, a national professional education company based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Consumer webinars are being added to this tour to directly inform those living with chronic illness and their loved ones about planning options. Five webinars will be conducted from five different Good Samaritan affiliated RV parks on the trip.

Good Sam, as a one-stop resource for all RV needs, is promoting these consumer webinars.

For more information, contact Marty Shenkman at (201) 845-8400 (office), (201) 563-4967 (cell) or shenkman@shenkmanlaw.com, visit their website or Facebook page.

About the COPD Foundation
The COPD Foundation is dedicated to developing and supporting programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The COPD Foundation has several programs dedicated to informing, empowering, educating, and engaging individuals affected by COPD, including both diagnosed and undiagnosed individuals, their families and friends, and their medical professionals. For more information, please visit: http://www.copdfoundation.org.

About COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. and the only chronic disease growing in mortality. It affects approximately 24 million Americans but only 12 million are diagnosed. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and adult onset (refractory) asthma. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing, and chronic coughing. For more information about COPD, visit http://www.copdfoundation.org or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).