The Faces of COPD Mosaic was established by the COPD Foundation and developed by AstraZeneca.
As part of our continuing Faces of COPD campaign and to commemorate World COPD Day, the COPD Foundation has partnered with AstraZeneca to develop the Faces of COPD Mosaic.
The photo mosaic showcases those living with the disease and highlights the ongoing need for education and management of this progressive disease. It also represents the more than 14 million people diagnosed with COPD in the United States with an estimated 12 million still yet to be diagnosed.
The Faces of COPD awareness initiative was a program started in 2008 by the Foundation and was designed to dispel myths surrounding COPD and to demonstrate that the disease does not discriminate by race, gender or age. To kick off the program the COPD Foundation worked with StoryCorps, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to honor and celebrate the lives of everyday Americans by listening to their stories. Following a patient workshop, participants were encouraged to sit in front of the camera and tell their story. More than 60 videos were collected and can be viewed on our YOUTUBE CHANNEL. In 2010, we initiated the Faces of COPD photo contest and approximately 140 photos were submitted on our FLICKR PHOTO ALBUM.
The COPD Foundation is committed to improving the quality of life of those impacted by COPD, through research and disease education. Through our Faces of COPD campaign, we will continue to work to inspire people living with COPD to take action to improve their respiratory health.