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The summer edition of Healthy Living, a quarterly magazine available at CVS pharmacies nationwide, featured a two-page story titled, “Life’s Breath.” In the article, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel explained how she handles the challenges of COPD and her advocacy efforts with the Learn More Breathe Better Campaign. Each issue of Healthy Living reaches more than 3.5 million readers.
The April 27 issue of The Chicago Tribune featured a story on Grace Anne Dorney Koppel’s battle with COPD and her participation in the launch of the Illinois COPD strategic action plan. The Sunday edition reaches nearly 900,000 readers. Click here to view the story online.
NHLBI's Learn More Breathe Better Campaign was featured in the November 29 issue of The New York Times in a story on COPD, part of its “Six Killers” series on the leading causes of illness and death in the United States.
The front page story featured James Kiley, PhD, Director, NHLBI Division of Lung Diseases, patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, and a number of our partners in the COPD community.
The New York Times reaches more than 1.1 million readers, with about 13 million more logging in online.
The COPD Learn More Breathe Better campaign was featured on CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, raising awareness and understanding of COPD with nearly 6 million viewers. Campaign spokesperson Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and her husband Ted Koppel spoke with correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta about their experiences with COPD. James Kiley, Ph.D, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at NHLBI addressed prevalence statistics and the epidemic nature of the disease.
Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and her husband Ted Koppel appeared on ABC’s The View to talk about COPD on behalf of the Learn More Breathe Better campaign. Barbara Walters and Joy Behar spoke openly with Grace Anne about her diagnosis and management of COPD. The interview highlighted the symptoms and risk factors of COPD and the need for greater use of lung function tests.
The July edition of Woman’s Day featured a story titled, “Breathing Lessons” by Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, as told to Andrea Atkins. In the three-page article, Koppel tells her personal story from symptoms, to diagnosis, to management of her COPD. She encourages those experiencing symptoms to talk with their doctors about taking a lung function test and directs them to the Learn More Breathe Better campaign website for additional information about COPD.
In addition, the article refers readers to the Woman’s Day website for additional resources on COPD.
Grace Anne Dorney Koppel and her husband Ted Koppel appeared on Retirement Living TV’s Daily Café to raise awareness about the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Grace Anne encouraged those at risk to seek treatment, and she discussed how careful management of COPD can improve both one’s ability to breathe and enjoyment of life.
The Retirement Living website featured a link to the Learn More Breathe Better campaign website and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website.
The May 2nd edition of The Wall Street Journal featured a story titled, "Shining a Light on a Deadly Lung Disorder" by reporter Laura Landro. In her report, Landro outlines the extent of the problem of COPD in the U.S., the need for diagnosis, recent treatment advances, and the efforts underway by NHLBI and its partners to build awareness of the disease.
The story highlighted the efforts of the COPD Foundation and the American Association for Respiratory Care -- both Learn More Breathe Better partners -- in working to bring the Mobile Spirometry Unit to at-risk individuals across the country. The piece also references a survey by the American Lung Association, also a campaign partner.
Newsweek’s May 7 edition, which hit newsstands on April 30, features a special Spring Health Supplement including a “Coping with COPD” Q&A with Grace Anne Dorney Koppel. The piece also refers readers to www.LearnAboutCOPD.org for additional information.
The article can also be accessed online at MSNBC's home page - click on the Newsweek banner. Online coverage includes more in-depth information about the disease, and COPD Learn More Breathe Better fact sheets and educational materials.
Patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel appeared on ABC's Good Morning America to talk about COPD on behalf of the NHLBI's Learn More Breathe Better campaign. Diane Sawyer sat down with Grace Anne, who was diagnosed with COPD in 2001, to talk about her diagnosis, the steps she is taking to manage this disease, and the importance of those who are at risk of COPD learning about the disease and getting treatment if necessary.
Patient advocate Grace Anne Dorney Koppel visited National Public Radio’s Diane Rehm Show to talk about her fight against COPD. She was joined by James Kiley, Ph.D, Director of the Division of Lung Diseases at NHLBI and Robert Wise, M.D., Director of the Pulmonary Function Laboratory at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and the Multidisciplinary Training Grant in Pulmonary Medicine. You can listen to an archive of the show here.