COPD Foundation, New York Mets Hosting COPD Awareness Night at Citi Field

June 28, 2011   |   
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COPD Foundation
Katelyn Harding
866-731-2673, ext. 270
kharding@copdfoundation.org

New York Mets
Danielle Parillo
718-565-4354
dparillo@nymets.com

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

COPD Foundation, New York Mets Hosting
COPD Awareness Night at Citi Field


Citi Field
Flushing, NY
August 20, 2011 @ 4:10PM
Mets vs. Brewers


Washington, DC – June 28, 2011 – The COPD Foundation and the New York Mets will be hosting an Awareness Night at Citi Field for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 4:10PM. This night, the Mets will be playing the Milwaukee Brewers while spreading awareness for the third leading cause of death in the U.S. in honor of longtime Mets executive and friend, Bob Mandt, who passed away from COPD last October. New Yorkers can support the cause by purchasing tickets at www.mets.com/copd.

COPD is one of the world’s largest healthcare concerns and its threat continues to worsen each year. According to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in December 2010, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates 24 million Americans have COPD; the ALA of New York’s 2010 report estimates 917,998 New Yorkers are living with COPD. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing and chronic coughing.

“The COPD Foundation is honored to be partnering with the Mets to honor Bob Mandt with a COPD Awareness Night,” John W. Walsh, president and cofounder of the COPD Foundation, says. “Bob, who lived with emphysema, spent over 50 years working for the Mets and became part of their family. We are very pleased to be able to host this event in his name while spreading awareness about this disease.”

“As an original Met, Bob Mandt’s career touched the lives of thousands of fans and hundreds of employees, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mets. “By hosting a COPD Awareness Night, we aim to educate our fans about the disease, and help improve the quality and length of people’s lives.”

Game attendees can purchase tickets in the Promenade Reserved Infield ($39 per ticket) or in the Empire Party Suite ($190 per ticket, including premium food and beverage). The New York Mets will donate a portion of the tickets purchased online at mets.com/copd to the COPD Foundation to support research and awareness.

“Everyone knows someone with COPD, even if they incorrectly disregard the symptoms as ‘normal’ signs of aging,” Walsh says. “That’s why we’re happy to be teaming up with the Mets to provide New Yorkers with the information to empower them to take control of their lung health while they have fun at the ballpark. No matter what the final score is, it’s a win-win for everyone at Citi Field that night.”

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. Visit http://www.copdfoundation.org or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

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