As the lady walked down the steel steps to the parking lot, she was visibly shaken. She had just gone for a ride on our COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung, and the video had hit her close to home.
“Oh my gosh, I think I have this—I think I have COPD. I was just at my doctor and he didn’t test me for this—I have to go back,” she said, in a nervous tone.
I spoke to her for a bit, and gave her a lot of our educational materials—including a card for our C.O.P.D. Information Line and our 1, 2, 3s of COPD pamphlet—both great starting places for someone newly diagnosed.
With a promise that she’d look at this information and take it to her doctor, the lady disappeared into the crowd of orange and blue.
This was during the COPD Foundation’s COPD Awareness Night with the Mets at Citi Field August 20th.
During this event, the Foundation and the Mets came together to spread COPD awareness and honor Bob Mandt, a longtime Met executive who passed away from COPD last year.
Bob’s widow, Norma, son Larry and daughter Carolyn (and their families) were at the stadium that day to receive the award in honor of Bob—our “Champions for the Cause” award.
Overall, it was a great event in spreading COPD awareness by handing out educational materials and inviting people to take a ride on our Shuttle.
After this event, we were contacted by the Memphis Redbirds, who are going to host their own COPD Awareness Night on Sunday, September 4th at 6:05PM. (Redbirds vs. Nashville Sounds). For more information or to order tickets, contact Nolan Yoder at: (901) 722-0248 or Nolan.Yoder@memphisredbirds.com.