For Immediate Release: September 12th, 2017
Thanks to funding provided by Novartis®, Right2Breathe® and Allergy & Asthma Network will offer free Asthma Screening and spirometry exams to measure lung function during NHRA Dodge Nationals – the second event in the six-race NHRA Countdown to the Championship, contested at Maple Grove Raceway September 22nd through 24th.
Flemington, NJ. – Right2Breathe® Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Flemington, NJ is proud to announce a partnership with Allergy & Asthma Network to provide free spirometry exams, educational materials and screenings for Asthma during the second event of NHRA’s Countdown to the Championship, the NHRA Dodge Nationals. The event will be contested at Maple Grove Raceway September 22nd through the 24th.
This is the second NHRA Free Asthma Screening Event hosted by Right2Breathe® in 2017. Earlier this year, the Right2Breathe® Free Asthma Screening program; which is funded by a grant provided by Novartis®, successfully completed more than 450 Free Spirometry lung-function exams during the sold out NHRA Four-Wide Nationals. Right2Breathe® co-founders Joe Morrison and Tim Charlet; second-generation drag racers themselves, are expecting to duplicate those numbers by inviting fans, race team members, and vendors to “Put their Lungs on the Dyno” during the second race of the exclusive NHRA Countdown to the Championship playoff series.
Asthma is a long-term (chronic) lung disease that causes episodes of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Like all chronic illnesses, asthma cannot be cured, but it is very manageable; especially once a patient is correctly diagnosed. Several genetic and environmental factors such as family history, exposure to secondhand smoke, and environmental irritants have all been identified as risk factors for asthma.
One of the first steps in beginning the treatment of Asthma is completing a non-invasive and simple spirometry exam, which will be administered by professional Respiratory Therapists and other medical professionals in the Right2Breathe® Screening area located in the manufactures midway, Friday through Sunday during the event. An estimated 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children in the United States live with Asthma.
“As fall and winter approach, more people in the Eastern US will be activating their heaters at home or in the office. This is a perfect opportunity to educate the NHRA fans, racers and crew members about respiratory conditions that can be triggered by pollen, molds and spores that are typically trapped in HVAC system filters or cabin filters inside their cars,” stated Morrison who serves as CEO of Right2Breathe®. “We are also honored that Allergy & Asthma Network wanted to join us at this event to provide education, and free spirometry exams by medical professionals to all those attending this event. Being based in New Jersey, completing this event close to our home at the legendary Maple Grove Raceway is a dream come true for our organization.”
The Right2Breathe® Project will be set up in the vendor’s midway, located on the professional pit side of Maple Grove Raceway. Fans are encouraged to stop by the Right2Breathe® display in the midway to sign up for free daily raffles and prizes, and receive educational materials not only about Asthma and other respiratory disease, but also how allergies can also impact respiratory health. The Right2Breathe® Screening area will be open Friday from noon till 5pm, Saturday from 9:30 am till 4pm and Sunday 9:30 till 3pm.
Maple Grove Raceway has a long history of record performances, including the first side-by-side quarter-mile four-second and 300-mph Top Fuel passes, and the cool October climates continue to offer more of the same. The event is the middle race of three consecutive events to begin the Countdown to the Championship.
“As racers ourselves, we’re excited about seeing the amazing racing and performance that this event has been linked with in years past,” noted Morrison, who along with co-founder Tim Charlet are both NHRA Licensed Drag Racers. “A major component to the success of our program is the relationship we have with fans, fellow racers and officials. Being able to communicate with them about respiratory conditions, risks, symptoms and even diagnosis is more transparent; mainly because we’ve “burned the same rubber – so to speak.”
Morrison concluded, “The EasyOne® Spirometry equipment we use from our partners at ndd Medical Technologies is non-invasive, easy to complete and amazingly consistent – meaning we can provide all those in attendance with a legitimate respiratory screening exam for no cost. This gives them an excellent pathway to provide that valuable data to their primary care physician and receive the treatment and care they need.”
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite drivers, as Every Ticket’s a Pit Pass® at the most powerful and sensory-filled motorsports attraction on the planet! Get direct access to the teams, see firsthand as the highly-skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds, and get autographs from your favorite NHRA drivers.
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