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COPD Foundation Hosts 2012 Annual Awards and Recognition Benefit in New York City, Honors 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Rare Genetic Disorder
[November 26, 2012]

COPD Foundation Hosts 2012 Annual Awards and Recognition Benefit in New York City, Honors 50th Anniversary of the Discovery of Rare Genetic Disorder

WASHINGTON --(Business Wire)--

To recognize organizations and community leaders dedicated to fighting Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) through innovation, healing and prevention, the COPD Foundation will host the 2012 Annual Awards and Recognition Benefit, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, 6:30-9 p.m., at the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, N.Y.

"The COPD Foundation is proud to honor the Alpha-1 Foundation on its 50th anniversary of discovering the Alpha-1 Gene and for playing an instrumental role in funding the COPD Foundation," says John Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. "The Alpha-1 Foundation is dedicated to providing the leadership and resources that will result in increased research, improved health, worldwide detection, and a cure for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency."/i>

Other honorees include:

  • James Crapo, M.D., and Edwin Silverman, M.D. -- for their work with the COPDgene® Study, the largest and most successful COPD study ever launched.
  • Women in Government -- for leadership in educating US state legislators about the significant impact of COPD on women.
  • Joan and Richard Cowlan -- for underwriting Estate and Financial Planning for People Living with COPD. Authored by Martin Shenkman, CPA, MBA, J.D., the book is a unique and critically important resource for individuals affected by COPD.

"The nation's third deadliest disease, COPD takes one life every four minutes, is increasing in prevalence and accounts for more than $40 billion in total healthcare costs nationwide," Walsh adds. "These honorees exemplify the leadership and tenacity required to raise awareness, identify the growing number of individuals at risk, increase levels of support for research that will lead to a cure and, ultimately, alter the devastating course of this debilitating disease."

For more information or media representatives wishing to attend the event, please contact Janina Kowalski, Associate Director of Development,

About the COPD Foundation

The mission of the COPD Foundation ( is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates. DRIVE4COPD ( is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.

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