New York Mets
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COPD Foundation and New York Mets Host COPD Awareness Night at Citi Field
Citi Field, Flushing, NY, Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 7:15 p.m.: Mets vs. Cincinnati Reds
Washington, DC/NEW YORK METRO – May 22, 2012 – The COPD Foundation (COPDF) and the New York Mets will host Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Night at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y., Saturday, June 16, 2012, at 7:15 p.m. The event honors longtime Mets executive Bob Mandt, who passed away from COPD, and raises awareness about a disease that is the third leading cause of death in the US. Attendees are invited to learn more by reading the COPD Foundation’s educational materials and by taking its free five-question population screener inside the ballpark.
“COPD Awareness Night is an effective way to educate New Yorkers about the disease, and help improve longevity and the quality of life for those who have COPD,” says Dave Barringer, executive director, COPD Foundation.
To purchase tickets in the Promenade Infield, $40 per ticket, go to http://www.mets.com/COPD. To purchase tickets for the Empire Party Suite, $185 per ticket including premium food and beverage, contact Manuel Pena at 866-731-2673 ext. 266 or firstname.lastname@example.org. A portion of ticket sales will go to the COPD Foundation to support programs that help individuals with COPD, their families and caregivers.
Byron Thomashow, M.D., Chair of the Board of Directors of the COPD Foundation, clinical professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center, and attending physician, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, adds, “Many individuals are living with COPD and don’t know it, often dismissing its symptoms – breathlessness, wheezing and chronic coughing – as signs of aging. So we are pleased once again to team up with the Mets to bring greater awareness to more people so that they can take precautions to protect their lung health.”
About COPD Foundation
The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support 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. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates.
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