Right2Breathe® Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Flemington, NJ has partnered with the Allergy & Asthma Network to provide free spirometry exams, educational materials and screenings for asthma during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals this coming weekend at Bruton Smith’s Z-Max Dragway in Concord, NC, April 28 – 30.
The Right2Breathe® Free Asthma Screening program, which is funded by a grant provided by Novartis®, is the non-profit’s first to be held at a NHRA National Event. Right2Breathe® debuted their program at the NHRA California Hot Rod Reunion in October 2016. In Bakersfield, the Right2Breathe® team screened drag racing fans, drivers and vendors for COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Right2Breathe® co-founders Joe Morrison and Tim Charlet, who are second-generation drag racers, expect to double those numbers by inviting fans, race team members and vendors to “Put their lungs on the Dyno” during the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals.
Asthma is a long-term (chronic) lung disease which causes coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. Asthma cannot be cured, but it is quite manageable once a patient is diagnosed. Genetic and environmental factors like family history, exposure to secondhand smoke and environmental irritants are all risk factors for asthma. An estimated 17.7 million adults and 6.3 million children in the United States live with asthma.
One of the first steps in treating asthma is a simple, non-invasive spirometry exam, administered by professional Respiratory Therapists and other medical professionals in the Right2Breathe® Screening area. The area will be located in the manufacturers’ midway for the duration of the event on the professional pit side of Z-Max Dragway.
“With allergy season quickly approaching, this is a perfect opportunity to educate the NHRA fans, racers and crew members about respiratory conditions including asthma that can be triggered by pollen, molds and spores,” stated Morrison, CEO of Right2Breathe®. “We are also honored that Allergy & Asthma Network wants to join us at this event to provide education, and free spirometry exams by medical professionals to all those attending this event. We are looking forward to expanding this program at future NHRA National Events later this summer.”
Fans are encouraged to stop by the Right2Breathe® display to sign up for free daily raffles and prizes, and to receive educational materials about asthma and other respiratory diseases, as well as how allergies can impact respiratory health. The Right2Breathe® Screening area will be open Friday from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday from 9:30 am to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 9:30 to 3 p.m.
As always, fans will have the opportunity to interact with their favorite NHRA drivers, since Every Ticket’s a Pit Pass®. Get direct access to the teams, watch the skilled mechanics service their hot rods between rounds and get autographs from NHRA drivers for no additional cost.
Tickets can be purchased online or by calling 800-455-FANS (3267). Purchase early and save!