NICHOLS, N.Y. (WENY) -- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., that's according to the CDC. On Wednesday night at Tioga Downs, a group of local organizations held a community outreach event to raise awareness about COPD

At the event, organizers talked about the illness and what type of support is available. They also discussed diagnosis, and what local physicians had to say about it. A patient living with COPD also spoke about their diagnosis, and their story about living with it.

Another COPD awareness event is scheduled for June 26th at the Holiday Inn in Elmira.

To register for that event, call Mickala at 607-734-7220 ext. 4105, or Pam at 607-734-7220 ext. 4117.