Letter to the Editor and appeal for support

Letter to the Editor and appeal for support

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Dear Editor

I would be grateful for the opportunity to appeal to readers of the Clare Herald to ask for their support for COPD Support Ireland’s forthcoming “Get Breathless for COPD” Cycle Challenge.

The two-day cycle from Galway to Dublin, which is supported by A. Menarini, takes place on June 23 and 24 over two stages of approximately 100km each. It is led by world-renowned cycling champion, Seán Kelly.

The challenge has two main aims – to raise awareness of COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – and to help raise much-needed funds for COPD Support Ireland’s range of services including our expanding network of local support groups countrywide and exercise rehabilitation classes for people with COPD.

Perhaps better known as bronchitis or emphysema, COPD is estimated to affect up to 380,000 people in Ireland, but with many remaining undiagnosed and untreated. Symptoms of COPD include persistent cough with phlegm, chest infections and breathlessness. Early diagnosis is important in ensuring a better quality of life and that people maintain their health for longer.

Whether an occasional or a seasoned cyclist, this cycle is suitable for cyclists of all levels, and participants can take part on one or both days. Of course, the challenge also offers the opportunity to explore our fantastic countryside, to get a bit of exercise and, of course, to get some cycling tips from the Master.

The cycle is supported by a crew of guides and support vehicles with professional mechanics and first aid medics on hand.

If you’d like to join me and get on your bike for COPD Support Ireland, you can find out more information and register at www.give2go.ie/events.

Early registration is encouraged to avoid disappointment!

Yours sincerely

Damien Peelo
Executive Director
COPD Support Ireland
Brookfield House
Brookfield Terrace
Blackrock
Co. Dublin
Tel.: 01 283 3500

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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  1. I was not really having a problem breathing at first. My throat was burning; I thought I had strep throat. I had pain in my neck, and there was swelling around my collar bone. The first doctor I went to said he did not know why there was swelling. He gave me antibiotics and told me that if the swelling was not better to come back in two weeks. I went back in two weeks and he said he did not know what was wrong. Since I do not have insurance, I went to a hospital emergency room, and they said I have COPD.The disease does not improve. My “good days” are far and few these days. My dad and his dad died from this. I am only writing this to inform others that nothing was really working to help my condition.I started on COPD herbal formula i ordered from Health Herbal Clinic,i read reviews from other previous patients who used the herbal formula, my symptoms totally declined over a 5 weeks use of the COPD natural herbal formula. i am now doing very well, my lungs are totally repaired!! Visit there website www. healthherbalclinic. net or email Info@ healthherbalclinic. net

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