Danica Patrick
Fights COPD

Race car driver Danica Patrick visited Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about COPD.

If you're not wearing orange on Nov. 4, Danica Patrick is not going to be very happy.

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Patrick, known for her skills behind a steering wheel, is trying to drive people's focus toward the plight of those who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. Patrick appeared at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday to tell lawmakers about DRIVE4COPD, a public health initiative headed up by several groups -- including NASCAR and the Country Music Association -- to educate Americans about COPD.

"I vividly recall how my grandmother struggled to simply breathe when I was younger," said Patrick in a statement. "Over time, it became more and more difficult for my grandmother to do everyday activities and take part in family get-togethers. It absolutely tormented me to see how hard it was for her to do something so simple, like breathe."

Patrick, one of the highest paid female athletes in sports, was all business at Capitol Hill. When asked which politician she'd like to teach how to drive, the Washington Post reports she replied, "You could teach the president, but he doesn't ever drive . So, being here for COPD is more effective than teaching them how to drive."

Patrick is preparing for this weekend's IndyCar race in Las Vegas. A request for comment from Patrick was not returned by press time.

Photo courtesy of WENN


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Comments on "Danica Patrick is leading the drive to cure COPD"

Bob Nelson June 06, 2013 | 8:24 PM

Danica, I am a big fan of yours and am elated with your accomplishments with NASCAR and the INDY Series. I have been suffering with COPD for several years now, and it is so comforting to know of your dedication to the DRIVE4COPD. I appreciate all you do for this cause. Even though my fav driver is Jr-88, I always pull for that green Go-Daddy no matter where you are in the races. Thank you and good luck in your career.

Jason T. Nennig March 26, 2013 | 8:39 AM

Hi Danica, It's Awesome to see you are doing what you can to help people with COPD. In that, you help people with all disabilities in my opinion. ***Good For You*** ;) Please, Keep Up The Good Work! Jason p.s... Country Music???? You should be fighting against that too, lol... just kidding

Laurie Sutton October 16, 2011 | 5:46 AM

Hi Danica, My name is Laurie and I would like to thank you so much for all you are doing for COPD. My husband just passed away of COPD he was 53, I have 2 questions to ask you wondering if you can answer them for me. First I wanted to know if they have the rubber bracelets and where can I get them and second I really would to sue the tobacco company and cannot get any help to do this locally, I am from NJ and I just feel we have to go after the cause of some of this. Thank you for your help and I hope to hear from you. Good Luck and Thank you again for your help with such and awful disease.

Todd Johnson October 13, 2011 | 9:07 AM

Good for her! Hoping and praying for the best in the fight against COPD.

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