“You Are Not Your COPD” offers encouragement and support to those living with COPD

San Francisco– February 18. 2014– Healthline announced the launch of an inspirational stories project today, “You Are Not Your COPD,” in conjunction with the COPD Foundation to provide support and encouragement to those living with COPD. The project encourages individuals living with COPD to upload a photo of themselves together with a message letting the world know they are not defined by their disease. The stories will be posted on Healthline.com and will be shared on Healthline’s Facebook page, Living with COPD.

Healthline will donate $10 to the COPD Foundation for every submission, with a goal of donating $5,000 total. People are encouraged to browse and share the submitted photos—Healthline’s editorial team will choose a winner from the top five most shared entries to win a $75 American Express gift card.

“People living with COPD need understanding and support,” said John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “Healthline’s project encourages the entire COPD community to get involved, from the newly diagnosed to the patient who has been living with COPD for years. We believe it will be inspirational, informative, and engaging.”

COPD, a condition that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. More than 24 million Americans have COPD, and researchers believe half of those people—12 million—remain undiagnosed.

“So many people living with COPD are anxious and unsure of the future,” said Tracy Rosecrans, Vice President of Marketing for the Healthline Media Group. “This initiative is meant to provide them with some hope and a strong sense of community. Individuals can learn to not let their condition define them and live life to the fullest by reading these inspirational stories written by others living with COPD.”

You Are Not Your COPD. Take a picture of yourself holding the card, and write a couple of sentences about why COPD doesn’t define you.

“Tell us who you are and what you like to do,” Rosecrans advises. “Are you a mother? An artist? Describe what you’ve been able to accomplish while living with COPD.”To submit your entry, view entries from other COPD patients, and learn more, visit: http://www.healthline.com/health/copd/inspirational-stories

About Healthline

San Francisco-based Healthline is a leading provider of intelligent health information and technology solutions, enabling providers and everyday people to make more confident, informed healthcare decisions. The company’s proprietary semantic health taxonomy platform powers a suite of marketing, health search, data-mining and content solutions for global enterprises and advertisers. Healthline is a Deloitte Technology Fast 500 company for the last four years. For more company information, visit: corp.healthline.com.

About the COPD Foundation

Celebrating its 10th Anniversary and a decade of progress, the mission of the COPD Foundation (http://www.copdfoundation.org) is to prevent and cure chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to improve the lives of all people affected by COPD. 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.