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US COPD Coalition Welcomes Right2Breathe® as Newest USCC Member

The US COPD Coalition (USCC) and Right2Breathe® Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in New Jersey, are pleased to announce that Right2Breathe has become the newest member of the US COPD Coalition. 

“My fellow Board members and I look forward to contributing to the mission of the USCC,” said Joe Morrison, co-founder and CEO of Right2Breathe. “The Coalition has been instrumental in educating the community, bringing various stakeholders together, and influencing important legislative efforts. Right2Breathe is excited to add our voice to the chorus of organizations working together to improve the lives of people living with COPD.”

Right2Breathe was formed in 2014 initially to drive COPD awareness and provide free lung screening within the motorsports community. Inspired by Chuck Morrison’s journey with COPD, Right2Breathe helped him use his passion for drag racing as motivation for maintaining lung health. What began as a screening and awareness campaign quickly included education to empower people living with COPD to live their lives to the fullest.

“We have been fortunate to have partnered with several coalition members for our awareness and screening campaign at professional drag racing events, “added Joe Morrison. “The American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) has helped us recruit respiratory therapist volunteers for onsite spirometry; The Allergy and Asthma Network has helped provide personnel and educational materials; EFFORTS has helped us promote our events through social media; and the COPD Foundation has always been a valuable resource from our very beginning. It is a testament to the commitment of the Coalition Members to support the COPD community. Right2Breathe shares the commitment of working together with all the Coalition partners to bring our shared vision to reality. We are working to create a world where COPD is properly diagnosed before significant lung damage has occurred, preventable cases of COPD are prevented, and all those living with COPD receive the best care possible.”

“On behalf of the Board of the US COPD Coalition I want to welcome Right2Breathe as our newest member of the Coalition” said Sam Giordano, MBA, RRT, FAARC, Chair of the USCC Board of Directors.  “Among Right2Breathe’s many activities which further the goals of USCC and our community is its commitment to finding the millions of persons with chronic lung diseases who are undiagnosed. Right2Breathe’s simple 5 question population screener has impacted thousands of persons suffering from a chronic lung disease and did not know it. Welcome aboard!”

Living Better Together Resources to Help you Stay Healthy at Home

Thanks to funding from the Learn More Breathe BetterSM program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Respiratory Health Association has developed resources that patients living with COPD can use to stay healthy at home. Project STRENGTH (Support for Transitioning Rehabilitation and Exercise Now Going to Home) consists of four 11″x17″ folded packets that have information on pulmonary rehabilitation and how to improve daily life:

  • Living Better Together: Project STRENGTH helps people living with COPD to set goals to be healthier, describes what changes in symptoms look like, and how to create a support team.
  • Living Better Together: Boost Your Lung Health walks through oxygen therapy, managing your medicines, nutrition, and quitting tobacco.
  • Living Better Together: Find Your Strength has exercises that you can safely do at home, helps you make an exercise plan, and has an exercise tracker for motivation.
  • Living Better Together: Healthier at Home gives tips to help you save your energy in daily activities and goes over breathing techniques and stretching.

If you are interested in receiving one or more of these packets, contact Avanthi Chatrathi at achatrathi@resphealth.org or at 312-229-6186, or visit www.resphealth.org/strength.

US COPD Coalition Calendar

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