Monday, February 6, 2017

Charity of the Month: The COPD Foundation

Charity of the Month is a way Team Tizzel is helping to support some very worthy organizations. As part of this program, we will dedicate a post to a charity that we will sponsor through the month by donating Holly's training run money.

Unfortunately we skipped picking a charity in January. The main reason for this was no organization really jumped at us. We'll catch up with a double-month soon.

December: In December we supported Toys for Tots with a $125 donation and a really fun shopping spree at Wal-Mart. Our hope was to give kids a little bit of joy for Christmas. Toys for Tots takes donations all year so feel free to visit them.

February Charity of the Month:

COPD Foundation

Occasionally some of our charity picks are selected based on wishes of family or friends that have recently passed away. This month's is unfortunately one of those months. Holly's first manager when she came out of her sales training program passed away. Bob picked Holly up from the airport the day she moved to Chicago (Dave moved out a few months later). He was and still is Holly’s favorite boss. He taught her how to sell and was a huge reason she loves her job as much as she does. He would probably be shocked at how things have changed but also at how some things have stayed the same. She will always be grateful for the guidance and patience he showed Holly early in her career. He was a brilliant engineer, a great friend and quite the character. He truly was one of a kind. His obituary will give you an idea of the kind of guy he was.

He will be missed by many.

From the COPD website: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is an umbrella term used to describe progressive lung diseases including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory (non-reversible) asthma, and some forms of bronchiectasis. This disease is characterized by increasing breathlessness.

Many people mistake their increased breathlessness and coughing as a normal part of aging. In the early stages of the disease, you may not notice the symptoms. COPD can develop for years without noticeable shortness of breath. You begin to see the symptoms in the more developed stages of the disease.

Many other conditions may influence the onset of COPD including inhalation of fumes, chemicals and dust found in many work environments. Genetics can also play a role in an individual’s development of COPD—even if the person has never smoked or has ever been exposed to strong lung irritants in the workplace.

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