Ever since her diagnosis, Grace Anne Dorney Koppel has been a voice for those with COPD. She and her husband, Ted Koppel, created the Dorney-Koppel Foundation to bring attention to this devastating disease and to lead the charge in the fight against it.

The lung capacity of those with COPD is a fraction of that of a healthy person. This can make it hard or impossible to play sports, walk at the same pace as others, or even work. The Dorney-Koppel Foundation has helped cofound clinics throughout the country that focus on pulmonary rehabilitation.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is an individualized program founded in education and exercise that helps people with COPD become more aware of their lungs and their disease. People can learn how to exercise with less shortness of breath, how and when to use their medications, and how to continuously monitor their lung health.

Now Grace Anne and Ted have set their sights on Congress, demanding that COPD sufferers get the funding they deserve in pursuit of a cure.