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The Bruce Jenner Interview (Page 1 of 3)

An Interview with Bruce Jenner

 

Bruce JennerBruce Jenner first came to fame as an American decathlon champion, a gold medalist in the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. His victory coincided with the American bicentennial celebration, and Jenner became a national symbol and celebrity. Jenner used that celebrity to carve out a career as a media personality and to embark on various entrepreneurial projects. Jenner also became a regular in a reality series highlighting his step-daughters, Kim and Khloe Kardashian (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”). Bruce is also one of the celebrities bringing attention to the challenges of living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), which affected Kris Jenner’s grandparents. He and celebrities including Danica Patrick, Jim Belushi, Patty Loveless and Michael Strahan recently completed a cross country drive to support DRIVE4COPD, a multi-year public health initiative to screen the millions of people who may be at risk for COPD, the nation's 4th leading cause of death.

Gary Barg, Editor-in-Chief, sat down to talk with Bruce as soon as he got home from the road trip.

Gary Barg: Can you tell me about the DRIVE4COPD program and how your trip went?
 
Bruce Jenner: First of all, why did I do it?  The reason I did it is because both my wife’s grandparents died of emphysema.  When you talk about caregiving, the rest of the family becomes the caregiver to people who are afflicted by this and it is just such a strain on everybody; not just the patient, but also the caregiver. COPD is the fourth leading killer in the United States.  So that is the reason we did it; to build awareness of what COPD is.  Why do we want them to be aware?  Because there are a lot of things you can do to help manage this disease along the way, to make the quality of life better.  Now they say there are approximately 24 million people affected by COPD.  Half of them don’t know they even have the problem. 

As we went across the United States, it was kind of the race for the missing millions, those 12 million people who are affected by this who do not know they even have the disease.  They just think, “I am getting a little old, a little winded or I got this little cough.”  Early detection is extremely important.  We are trying to make people aware and drive them to the Website, which is DRIVE4COPD.com, and also take the screener to see if you are at risk.  It has been very successful. 

GB: What should I be looking for to be worried about myself or a loved one having COPD? 

 

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