This Thanksgiving, the COPD Foundation would like to express its gratitude to you, our advocates, for all of your time and effort on spreading awareness of COPD. Your passion and dedication is inspiring and we appreciate all of your hard work over the years.
As 2014 comes to a close, we look forward to the latter part of our 10th Anniversary. We began our journey in May 2004, with a small team of individuals who were committed to bringing effective change to a widely misunderstood, ignored, and stigmatized disease-state. We formed the Foundation with the goal of preventing and curing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and to improve the lives of all people affected by this devastating disease.
2014 was a transformational year for the COPD Foundation and a time of many firsts for the international COPD community.
- We launched the first COPD Patient-Powered Research Network, a patient-led research registry of 75,000+ individuals;
- Hosted the first Global COPD Patient Leadership Summit to support advocacy in the global patient community;
- Launched Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases: Journal of the COPD Foundation;
- Developed COPD360social.org, the first online social networking community of its kind.
We look forward to seeing these research, educational, and advocacy opportunities grow and thrive to ultimately form a COPD movement that will bring our silent epidemic to the forefront.