Right2Breathe™ Project to Offer Free COPD Screenings During NHRA Event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway

With the assistance of Novartis, Sunovion, NDD Medical Technologies, Inc, Pack Health and Drive-DeVilbiss® Healthcare, the Right2Breathe™ Project will offer free COPD Screening and spirometry exams to measure lung function during 25th Edition of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion October 21st – 23rd at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in McFarland, Calif.

R2BBlackSticker1Flemington, NJ. – Right2Breathe™ Inc., a non-profit organization based in Flemington, NJ is proud to announce a partnership with several pharmaceutical and healthcare industry partners to provide free spirometry exams and screenings for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to the estimated 50,000 race fans planning to attend the 25th running of the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion, this upcoming weekend, October 21st through 23rd contested at Auto Club Famoso Raceway in McFarland, Calif.

The Right2Breathe™ Project was co-founded in July 2014 by Joe Morrison and Tim Charlet; two second-generation Drag Racers who have personal experience as caregivers for family members with pulmonary disease including COPD. The Right2Breathe™ Project is targeted to a passionate fan-base of over 50 million individuals in the United States; who share a common passion for motorsports and automotive industry as the organizational co-founders that due to their vocation or lifestyle choices are at high-risk for developing respiratory medical conditions.

Their onsite COPD Screening is a critical element of Right2Breathe’s mission to help diagnose an estimated 12 million Americans; who according to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta are currently living with COPD – but have not yet been screened or properly diagnosed. COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Lung Association, more than 11 million people have been diagnosed with COPD in the United States, but millions more may have the disease without even knowing it. COPD causes serious long-term disability and early death. At this time there is no cure, and the number of people dying from COPD is growing.

“COPD rings home for me and is the core inspiration for Right2Breathe™,” stated Joe Morrison, CEO of Right2Breathe™. “My father was a plumber for several years who raised me in the sport of NHRA Drag Racing. Together we’ve had an active role in New Jersey supporting COPD education, screening and awareness for the past four years. Although he recently passed away due to complications from COPD, my dad’s inspiration strengthens our resolve.”

“Thanks to the support of healthcare industry leaders including NDD Medical Technologies, Inc., Novartis, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Pack Health and Drive DeVilbiss® Healthcare; we are able to expand our reach directly to our target demographic at this year’s California Hot Rod Reunion. NDD Medical is not only providing their advanced spirometry equipment and screening supplies, but they will also be onsite to help train existing and future respiratory therapists on how to better utilize their spirometry equipment; as we have students from San Joaquin Valley College-Bakersfield Campus joining us as well. Thanks to their support of the Right2Breathe™ Project we are able to accomplish our mission to educate the extensive motorsports fan base about the dangers of COPD and provide them with tools and resources to reduce their risk potential.”

A leader in lung function testing based in Switzerland and the U.S., NDD Medical Technologies is helping to improve the quality of life for millions of people living with lung disease. Built around the company’s patented Ultrasonic TrueFlow™ technology, NDD’s innovative, easy-to-use products such as EasyOne® and EasyOne Pro® help clinicians diagnose and treat COPD and other chronic lung diseases earlier and with greater precision by providing accurate information at the point of care.

“NDD is committed to improving the quality of life for millions of people worldwide living with COPD,” said Georg Harnoncourt, CEO for NDD Medical Technologies. “We are pleased to partner with Right2Breathe to provide free, onsite screenings with the innovative lung function testing tools that we have developed to increase early detection and accurate diagnosis of COPD and other chronic lung conditions.”

Leading the COPD Screening efforts is Michele DaSilva, BA, RRT-NPS, who serves as Right2Breathe’s Director of Education. DaSilva will be supported by a team multiple medical professionals including licensed Respiratory Therapists who are volunteering their time to support this free COPD Screening event.

The Right2Breathe™ Project will be set up in the vendor’s midway at Auto Club Famoso Raceway and will offer their free COPD Screenings and spirometry testing Friday through Sunday, from 9:00 am till 4:00 pm. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Right2Breathe™ display in the midway to sign up for free daily raffles and prizes, including collectable’s from this special Silver anniversary of the annual CHRR.

Admission to the event at Auto Club Famoso Raceway is $25.00 where automotive race fans will be entertained by over 500 of the best NHRA Heritage Series drag racers on the planet; including Right2Breathe’s CEO Joe Morrison, who will be driving his popular 1948 Fiat Altered in Nostalgia Eliminator One and Ted Brine’s legendary 134 Fuel Coupe in the AA/Fuel Altered division.

To learn more about the Right2Breathe™ Project, please visit their website at https://www.right2breathe.org. You can also follow them via social media locations on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/right2breathe and on Twitter @Right_2_Breathe. To learn more about NDD Medical Technologies, Inc., please visit http://www.nddmed.com or follow on Twitter @nddMedical.

For Media Inquiries, please contact: Tim Charlet – Chief Marketing Officer – Right2Breathe™

Email: TimC@Right2Breathe.org Phone: 435-669-8561