Neither Nan nor David believe in coincidence. Mum has COPD. Nan's former mother-in-law, with whom she is still very close, also has COPD. Seeing the interview on an early morning flight (thanks, JetBlue!) seemed to be a clear message that the newlyweds needed to add a fifth charity to their Honeymoon Walk For Charity: The COPD Foundation.
The COPD Foundation's mission is to prevent and cure Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, as well as to improve the lives of all people affected by COPD.
The COPD Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, has worked tirelessly since 2004 to expand services for those with COPD. Through fostering initiatives of this preventable and treatable disease, the COPD Foundation has funded research, education, and advocacy, thereby raising much-needed awareness of this life-threatening disease.
Barbara "Mum" Webb
The Impact Of Your Donation
JetBlue has a media screen at every seat, and Nan and Mum both had tuned into CBS This Morning during their flight. That particular morning, at that exact time, highly-respected television journalist Ted Koppel and his attorney wife, Grace Anne Dorney-Koppel, were being interviewed on CBS This Morning. They were discussing Grace Anne's diagnosis of COPD sixteen years before; her successful management of her disease despite a dire medical prognosis; and the tremendous need for funding, education, and rehabilitative therapies for those battling COPD.
Why We Chose This Charity
Statistically, COPD is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. after heart disease and cancer. For women, COPD claims more lives than those with breast cancer and ovarian cancer combined. Yet, in America, COPD is ranked #155 in funding from the National Institute of Health.
Worldwide, the statistics are also dire. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study, 5% of all deaths worldwide are attributed to COPD. In Europe alone, 4 - 10% of the population have COPD. According to the World Health Organization, COPD is the only major cause of death worldwide that is increasing, and is expected to be the third cause of death worldwide by the year 2030.
Due to a lack of knowledge within the medical community, lack of proper diagnosis (it is estimated that in the U.S. alone, there are 10 - 15 million with COPD who have not been diagnosed), and a lack of funding, only 3% of those with COPD receive critical pulmonary rehabilitation.
Your donation in any amount will support education, advocacy, and outreach to the public, as well as funding research to discover more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
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What This Charity Provides
Originally, Nan and David had selected four worthy charities for their Honeymoon Walk For Charity - A Million Steps With Love project. Over Thanksgiving 2017, Nan and David brought his 83-year old "Mum" from England to America to experience this wonderful U.S. family holiday, and to meet Nan's family in advance of their wedding. The three travelers first flew to Boston and, mindful of Mum's age and the long flights, spent the night. The next morning, they flew on a very early morning flight from Boston to Atlanta on Nan's favorite U.S. airline, JetBlue.