[lastfm link_type=""]Billy Ray Cyrus[/lastfm] and [lastfm link_type=""]Patty Loveless[/lastfm] are challenging all Americans to create a new DRIVE4COPD song to raise awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Patty’s sister, Dottie, died of the disease when she was 48. COPD includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both, is a disease that makes it harder and harder to breathe. Of the top ten leading causes of death, it’s the only one on the rise. The program, Tune Up for COPD is asking amateur songwriters, and those that want to be, to be proactive in taking control of their lives and be healthy. The winner will perform live at the [lastfm link_type=""]CMA Music Festival[/lastfm] in June. You can log onto www.drive4copd.com to view and vote on entries. Billy Ray had this to say:”I learned at an early age from my grandfather, who was a pastor, both the impact COPD symptoms have on one’s life and the power of a person’s voice. And I’ve taken those lessons with me throughout the years,” said Cyrus. “I know music motivates people to take action, and that’s why I’m asking America to help us find the next great song to drive awareness of COPD.”