Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease affects your lungs by blocking airflow as you exhale, making it difficult for breathing.
Experts estimate 12 million people have been diagnosed with COPD.
It's the third most common cause of death in the U.S. and is a leading cause of illness around the globe. Medical experts suggest talking to your doctor if you're experiencing symptoms of breathlessness, chronic coughing, and wheezing.
The RiverPlex holds monthly meetings for COPD patients.