Over 3,000 people attended the biggest public sleep apnea awareness event held to date.
Phoenix, AZ (PRWEB) February 01, 2016
In a joint effort to bring awareness to a good cause, ProPlayer Health Alliance, the Arizona Cardinals and the Phoenix Police Department held a Sleep Apnea awareness event and fundraiser on January 26 to raise money for the Phoenix Police Foundation. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald joined former players Roy Green and Frank Sanders to recognize both causes during Tuesday’s event. The fundraiser also included a raffle for football memorabilia and a silent auction for golf tournaments with Green and Fitzgerald.
“Public awareness and engagement, is key to the success of ProPlayer Health Alliance and its members” – David Gergen. We also have a relationship with the American Sleep and Breathing Academy which is focused on bringing sleep apnea diagnosis and treatment to retired NFL players as well as the public.
Snoring, Apnea and interrupted sleep are more than an annoyance; they can be life-threating Illnesses that can lead to major health concerns. NFL players have experienced the loss of family members and team members due to untreated obstructive sleep apnea and are speaking out nationwide, urging fans and players to seek diagnosis and treatment of their sleep conditions.
With regards to the Phoenix Police foundation, Green said it is important for football fans to recognize and thank law enforcement officers for the work they do, just like they praise the players on the field.
“People don’t recognize (police officers) as they do us athletes,” Green said. “But the job they do is just unbelievable.”
As part of the event, Green and Fitzgerald were named honorary Phoenix police officers.
“This is about the Phoenix Police Department and the Arizona Cardinals support of law enforcement,” Green said.
The Phoenix Police Foundation helps raise funds for Phoenix Police for various needs, such as the K-9 units.