COPD Foundation Hosts Spring Benefit May 12th, 2011

April 21, 2011


COPD Foundation Hosts Spring Benefit May 12th, 2011

Washington, D.C. (April 21, 2011)—The COPD Foundation is hosting a spring benefit featuring a preview of the Our Lives, Our Air photography project and an intimate performance from country music artist, Patty Loveless, in effort to spread awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The benefit will be on May 12th at the MacMillan Family’s Pool House (989 East Radcliffe Avenue, Cherry Hills Village near Denver, CO) from 6:30PM-10PM.

Our Lives, Our Air is an international camera distribution project that provides global citizens with COPD an opportunity to photographically represent their lives as they struggle with the challenges of living with the disease.

“We are excited to be unveiling a preview of the much anticipated Our Lives, Our Air photography exhibit,” says John W. Walsh, co-founder and president of the COPD Foundation. “We have been able to create an impressive collection of photographs, taken by ordinary individuals that genuinely represent the effects of COPD on men, women and children worldwide.”

An estimated 24 million Americans live with COPD, and according to the World Health Organization (WHO), a total of 210 million are affected worldwide. In a report released in December 2010 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), COPD is listed as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

Loveless penned a song, “Drive,” to engage individuals and spread awareness of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

“I’m happy to be helping the COPD Foundation spread awareness about one of the leading causes of death worldwide,” says Loveless, who lost her sister Dottie to emphysema. “We’re teaming up with the Foundation in the fight against COPD by helping to spread awareness to the millions who are affected and possibly undiagnosed with this disease. We want people to understand the importance of getting tested and taking action to improve their quality of life.”

Dr. James Crapo, co-chair of the Benefit Planning Committee along with wife Kathy, says they are excited to chair the first event in Denver to benefit the COPD Foundation.

“COPD is one of the greatest health problems in the world,” says Crapo, who is also professor of medicine at the University of Colorado in Denver. “With the help of our community’s supporters, we hope that this event serves as a step towards supporting research, awareness and advocacy efforts that bring us closer to finding a cure.”

This event was made possible through generous donations from the Crazy Merchant Inc. and the WilMac Foundation. Platinum level support was also received from Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Talecris Biotherapeutics. For more information about attending the event, visit our website. Limited space is available.

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:

About COPD
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the fourth 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 <> or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).