Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Ever win a major closed course auto race now professional speech to Danica Patrick using her celebrity to drive home a very personal cause.
Patrick is hoping to put the brakes on the fatal lung disease that took her grandmother's life.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the US -- joins us live from Miami today -- -- the national health initiative.
Hitting -- awareness to the disease that you good to see -- thanks for joining us.
Good morning hasn't -- good that if you're doing this in doing this bush is spending your retirement about energy contribute to your grandmother.
Telling first off.
What affected her how was how was her life affected by this illness.
Well the illness affected her a lot quality a life was was really.
There's really not very good by the end she had to be on oxygen 24 hours a day she was in a wheelchair -- couldn't block.
She passed away in -- sixties so.
All those things are are not good and so this diseases and there's no care for it.
As we like to refer to CO PD as you that you send along version chronic obstructive pulmonary -- but.
CO PD is a little easier to say.
She she unfortunate left us way too early and you know it's it's.
It's a progressive disease and there's -- here so it's very important to do something about it early and fortunately the signs are so.
Kind of I guess her normal I guess or you can write them off -- old age because it's things like.
Getting out of breath and coughing up flat men and and not being able to do normal activities and you know playing with your grandkids or your kids cell.
It's important to be aware of the symptoms so that you can do something about it because like -- so there's no here.
That you also lied and did notice too that -- -- had ever seen did you get this a lot of these people who suffer from this.
The smokers would you inherited.
Yeah 810 he inherited but it is definitely.
Majority of it is caused by smoking.
And what I found shocking was that it can be as few as a hundred cigarettes send.
You know firfer anybody that says that young and those that college and McCain giving you -- -- to get that from going to a bar so -- 800 cigarettes is not very much so.
-- says there's a lot of people iris scan and of the 2.4 million that have it.
Half of them don't even know and that's the really shocking part that we're trying to bring a lot of awareness to.
-- you say we see Bruce -- Michael Strahan -- loveless -- there are all combining to help you gotta go about getting screen did you guys are in competition with each other.
We are witches.
I get to do is get a few competitive people in in a competitive atmosphere will go for -- so.
Yeah -- -- we're having now -- having a little competition and we're trying to get as many people I'm trying to get as many people but.
I guess if we all do and we all win in some way to go to -- COZ dot com.
There's read on the home page there's five questions screener that we are we're hoping average almost -- -- more hoping that we can get.
Friends and family to take it too because this disease doesn't just affect view it affects your.
Your family years your kids your parents your -- kids.
Your wife your husband.
I mean from my grandma my -- had to do everything he had to change your oxygen tank he had to take her everywhere she couldn't of course drive.
So this is this reaches far beyond just just you it's it it it affects everyone.
A quick real quick great cause but also great race coming up this weekend -- -- -- prevail and be between ten -- -- champion.
Well cash it's it's an exciting.
It's exit exciting chase championship this year you get Denny Hamlin Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson.
Jimmy looks like bell is a favorite because he's swelled on a forum last for a time but Ivan -- I'm thinking Kevin Harvick might do but now -- -- Denny leading cell.
Honestly I mean from my experience so far racing stock car this I race on Saturday in the Nationwide Series.
In all age eighteen it can just -- one little thing you can get a cut tire and have to pit under green flag conditions you can.
Even get taken out you can be part of an accident because the smoke is billowing up in the air and you can't see where to go so it's -- -- -- close.
Acknowledges Danica says you will be close -- I agree it's going to be close that it of Patrick thanks so much for joining us.
An important cause and nice mission thanks thanks again.
Appreciate it thank give.
Filter by section