You’re never too young to make a difference! Olivia Bernard, 14 year-old North Augusta Girl Scout, took initiative for the cause and organized a DRIVE4COPD screening event on July 16 at her local Family Y.
“My mom is a respiratory therapist, so I’ve always had the knowledge of different lung diseases and respiratory diseases,” said Olivia. “I feel like I should spread that knowledge.”
Ms. Bernard distributed the DRIVE4COPD 5-question screener, a short questionnaire that determines one’s risk for COPD. Olivia’s mother then provided a spiromentry test to those who showed significant vulnerability. “This helps because they can take the information my mom writes down and take it to their doctor for follow-up,” said Olivia.
Olivia also created a website, www.copdprevention.org, to serve as a basic COPD reference guide and prevention resource.
“I hope they will be able to use the information I have given them to make their lives better and to make other people’s lives better,” she said. “Maybe even save their life if they don’t know they have it and they can start preventing it from getting worse.”