In 2014, the COPD Foundation teamed up with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and Caring.com to launch COPD Together, a special program designed to provide information and support to COPD caregivers. This autumn, COPD Together will release a series of webisodes (online episodes) to capture the rewards and challenges that patients and their caregivers experience. The webisode series entitled REEL COPD , will take a personal look into the touching and oftentimes complex relationships between friends and family. The stories shared will be both educational and inspirational.
Take the heartwarming partnership between Jim and Mary Nelson, the husband and wife couple that serve as COPD Foundation State Captains for Arizona and ardent COPD advocates. The pair have a long-standing history of taking action on behalf of the COPD community through their work in teaching pulmonary rehabilitation to patients and their caregivers, speaking to support groups, serving on the Board of EFFO RTS (Emphysema Foundation for Our Right to Survive), contributing written articles to the COPD Foundation and local newspapers, and much more. Together, they have lived through the diagnosis and advancement of COPD . Jim received a double lung transplant in December of 2011, and the two have since dedicated their volunteer energies to the spreading awareness about lung disease, in an effort to help others in the same situation.
The father/son duo Chuck and Joe Morrison are also strong COPD advocates who were profiled for REEL COPD . Joe says he was led to the Foundation because of his fathers diagnosis, as well as his mother-in-law who also lives with COPD . In addition to owning and running a landscaping business and starting a drag racing apparel business, Morrison is also a part-time race-car driver which hes used as an opportunity to promote the COPD Foundation and COPD awareness in general.
Being an advocate for COPD is just one of those things I know I should be doing. When you follow your heart in life, it leads you to the right place. And Im so thankful that Im able to be at the right place at the right time, and it is really what makes this life journey so amazing, says Joe. Im thankful Im able to bring the message to as many people as I can, and as things progress, I hope to reach more and more people.
While these caregiver-patient partners do what they can to work together to tackle COPD , we at the Foundation know that EVE RY COPD story is one of hard work, challenges, and rewards.