On Saturday, August 20, the COPD Foundation and the New York Mets will be hosting a COPD Awareness Day on the Mets’ home turf at Citi Field in Flushing, New York.
Why the Mets?
As the Mets play the Milwaukee Brewers they’ll be spreading awareness about COPD in honor of longtime Mets executive and friend, Bob Mandt, who passed away from COPD last October.
“As an original Met, Bob Mandt’s career touched the lives of thousands of fans and hundreds of employees, leaving an indelible mark on the franchise,” said Dave Howard, Executive Vice President, Business Operations, Mets. “By hosting a COPD Awareness Day, we aim to educate our fans about the disease, and help improve the quality and length of people’s lives.”
COPD Shuttle: Journey to the Center of the Lung
Not only will game day be focused on COPD awareness, but throughout the weekend visitors are invited to take a fascinating Journey to the Center of the Lung by riding the COPD Shuttle. The COPD Shuttle is a 20-seat, state-of-the-art mobile motion simulator designed to make viewers feel as if they are inside the human body. It offers a glimpse into the lungs, increasing understanding of COPD, and urging people to seek assessment and treatment.
Since it’s “launch” in 2010 the COPD Shuttle has traveled across America - and wherever it goes it’s welcomed with excitement. Thousands of people have taken the ride, and have been educated about the lungs and screened for COPD.
“Everyone knows someone with COPD, even if that person dismisses the symptoms as ‘normal’ signs of aging,” says John Walsh, who heads the COPD Foundation. “That’s why we’re happy to be teaming up with the Mets to provide New Yorkers with information to empower them to take control of their lung health while they have fun at the ballpark. No matter what the final score is, that day at Citi Field it’ll be a win-win for everyone.
Seeing the game
The game will be broadcast on the FOX sports network all along the East coast, so if you’re not able to get out to the ballpark, you can watch it on television and encourage friends and family to enjoy the game while they become more aware of COPD. The New York Mets will donate a portion of the tickets purchased online at mets.com/copd to the COPD Foundation to support research and awareness.
Jane M. Martin, BA, LRT, CRT is a licensed respiratory therapist, teacher, founder of http://www.BreathingBetterLivingWell.com and the author of Live Your Life With COPD: 52 Weeks of Health, Happiness and Hope.
Published On: August 02, 2011