COPD Foundation and New York Mets Host COPD Awareness Night at Citi Field

August 17, 2011


COPD Foundation
Stephanie Clark, CPR Communications
201-641-1911 x53

New York Mets
Danielle Parillo

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

Washington, DC/NEW YORK METRO – August 17,  2011
– The COPD Foundation and the New York Mets will host a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Night at Citi Field, Saturday, August 20, 2011, 4:10 pm. The event honors longtime Mets executive and friend, Bob Mandt, who passed away from COPD last October, and raises awareness for the disease: 917,998 New Yorkers are living with COPD according to a 2010 report from the American Lung Association (ALA) of New York and it is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  

Area residents can support the cause by purchasing tickets at and the New York Mets will donate a portion of the tickets purchased online to the COPD Foundation to support research and awareness. 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 event also features the COPD Foundation’s COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung 20-seat motion simulator ride that takes the audience on a virtual journey through the lungs to see the harmful effects of smoking. Educational materials will be available at the event, as well as the opportunity to be screened for COPD.

DRIVE4COPD is proud to partner with the COPD Foundation in supporting COPD Awareness Night at Citi Field. Individuals age 35 or older who’d like to find out if they may be at risk for COPD can take a five-question screener by visiting the Shuttle or COPD Foundation tables at the game or logging onto DRIVE4COPD.COM/COPDF.  

Support for the Shuttle is also provided by 1st Class The Shuttle will be at the Brewers stand August 19th-21st.

“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,” says 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 longevity and the quality of life for those who have COPD.”

COPD is one of the world’s largest healthcare concerns, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute estimates 24 million Americans have the disease. Symptoms include breathlessness, wheezing and chronic coughing.

John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation, says, “The COPD Foundation is honored to be partnering with the Mets and to honor Bob Mandt on COPD Awareness Night. Bob, who lived with emphysema, spent over 50 years working for the Mets and became part of its family. We are very pleased to be able to host this event in his name and to further educate people about this disease.”

Walsh explains that virtually everyone knows someone with COPD, although many individuals are incorrectly or simply not diagnosed with the disease, and may disregard the symptoms as “normal” signs of aging.

“For these reasons, we are pleased to team up with the Mets to provide New Yorkers with the information that empowers them to take control of their lung health,” he continues. “Fans can root for the home team, but regardless of the final score, it will be 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 or call 1-866-316-COPD (2673).

Launched in February 2010, DRIVE4COPD is a landmark public health movement embraced by leading health, business, entertainment and sports organizations that are aimed at driving fundamental change in COPD awareness in this country. This initiative aims to help millions of people affected by COPD by focusing national attention on this common and debilitating disease. In its first year, DRIVE4COPD helped more than 1 million people get screened and of those, 20 percent discovered that they are at risk.

The unified efforts of the DRIVE4COPD network of organizations help people identify symptoms of COPD, take action to see if they may be at risk for the disease, and talk to their healthcare provider. The campaign is driven by a powerful coalition of organizations including the American Association for Respiratory Care, Country Music Association, COPD Alliance, COPD Foundation, NASCAR®, U.S. COPD Coalition, and founding sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

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