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7 AADDVVAANNCCEE FFOORR RREESSPPIIRRAATTOORRYY CCAARREE && SSLLEEEEPP MMEEDDIICCIINNEE JANUARY 2017 the CNN/Piers Morgan Show that he was diagnosed and suffering from COPD. In the coming months, we became very aware of how serious and prevalent COPD is,” Julie Nimoy told ADVANCE. “Our decision to share my dad’s story as a film project seemed like a natural fit since my husband and I had already produced a few health-related documentaries, one of which my dad narrated. And the medium of film has the power and potential to reach millions of people throughout the world.” Although the film will document Leonard Nimoy’s life, his daughter and son-in-law knew that COPD had to play a huge role, both due to Leonard Nimoy’s experience with the disease and the strong need to raise awareness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), COPD remains the third-leading cause of death in the United States, and upward of 50% of those living with COPD are unaware that they have the disease.3 “Our goal is to not only reach people throughout the world who loved and admired my dad, but additionally, we want to reach individuals who have or may have COPD,” said Julie Nimoy. Additionally, she and Knight hope that the film will resonate with healthcare professionals, teens who may be tempted to try any form of tobacco product, and people who already smoke. With Leonard Nimoy as the subject of the film, Julie Nimoy and Knight knew that they had a platform with the potential to reach countless individuals — and did not waste that opportunity. “David and I feel that Remembering Leonard is a very powerful and moving story that will resonate strongly with viewers,” Julie Nimoy said. “We feel that our film will inspire the audience to share their experience with their friends, family and co-workers via social media. In addition, as my dad was so well-known, we’re certain that this film will be bringing more attention to COPD.” The Remembering Leonard national film tour will begin in mid-2017 and will include major cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Toronto. For the most recent updates, visit RememberingLeonardFilm.com. References 1. American Lung Association. COPD symptoms. 2016. 2. Philips. Philips launches Breathe Boldly movement on World COPD Day. 2016. 3. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. 2016. 4. JAMA. U.S. Leading Causes of Death 294(10). 2005.advanceweb.com. Sarah Sutherland is on staff at ADVANCE. Our goal is to not only reach people throughout the world who loved and admired my dad, but additionally, we want to reach individuals who have or may have COPD.” — Julie Nimoy COVER STORY


Advance for Respiratory Care & Sleep Medicine • January 2017
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