COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States and soon to be the world. Awareness of the signs and symptoms of COPD can actually reduce the morbidity of the disease. Remembering Leonard Nimoy will go a long way in bringing about awareness for COPD and the dangers of smoking, which is the leading cause. The film was presented in a very personal way that touched me greatly — I felt as if I was with Leonard Nimoy and his family as their perspectives and personal stories were very powerful.
Thomas J. Kallstrom, MBA, RRT, FAA
Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer
American Association for Respiratory Care
Today, more than 12 million people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COPD. Like some of those patients, Leonard Nimoy had never heard of this debilitating lung disease until his diagnosis. Remembering Leonard Nimoy is a film that not only documents the life of an American icon, but brings to light the struggle and suffering associated with COPD. It is our hope that the many yet undiagnosed with COPD will become aware, and get the help they need and deserve.
David Gozal, MD, MBA
American Thoracic Society
I just went through massive amounts of Kleenex watching Remembering Leonard Nimoy you so lovingly produced. It was inspirational, entertaining…and educational all at the same time. I am certain your work will touch so many and hopefully help many current smokers to gain the courage to quit. Bless you for your dedication to your father’s life…and for sharing his journey.
Roxanne Yamaguchi Moster
UCLA Health Science
Remembering Leonard Nimoy celebrates the exceptional life of Leonard Nimoy as a loving family man, TV/Film icon and contributor to the arts. However, his final and most important contribution may be his greatest gift to all of us — COPD Awareness and Prevention. With an early diagnosis and the proper treatment, as Leonard would say, “Live Long and Prosper”.
California Society Respiratory Care
Leonard’s millions of fans were not aware, until very near the end of his life, that he was suffering from COPD. In this powerful film, we see the consequences through the prism of the Nimoy family — of life before and life with end stage COPD. Like his iconic alter ego, “Mr. Spock”, Leonard endured in stoic silence but broke that silence to passionately warn others of the dangers of smoking. Although he had stopped smoking decades before, he was not diagnosed early enough to make a difference in the disease progression. It doesn’t have to be that way. While we are still searching and fighting for earlier diagnosis, better treatments and a cure, the COPD Foundation is committed to helping all those with pulmonary disease continue to live useful and fulfilling lives. Leonard's character had it right: we should all “live long and prosper!”
Grace Anne Dorney Koppel, MA, JD
Remembering Leonard Nimoy pays a touching tribute to an iconic man, while raising awareness about COPD. It’s a powerful story that shines harsh light of reality onto the consequences of long-term smoking and COPD — a disease that does not receive nearly enough attention. This is certainly a documentary one has to see.
Senior Vice President
The Canadian Lung Association, National Office
Even though over 11 million Americans are diagnosed with COPD, awareness is still shockingly low. We are ever so thankful to Leonard Nimoy’s family for sharing his journey with COPD. This is an important step in raising more awareness of third leading cause of death in the United States.
Vice President of Mission Services & Impact
American Lung Association
Remembering Leonard Nimoy highlights the life of an extraordinary individual who lived with COPD. Remembering Leonard Nimoy can be a great educational tool to help raise public awareness about the dangers of smoking, common symptoms of COPD, and the importance of early detection to manage the disease. It also demonstrates the critical role NIH plays in supporting research to find a cure for this serious lung disease.
Dr. James P. Kiley
Director of the National Heart, Lung, & Blood's Division of Lung Diseases