More than 125 community members came together on November 29, 2017, for a reception and screening of the documentary, Remembering Leonard Nimoy: His Life, Legacy and Battle with COPD,” at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA. The film provides an intimate look into the life and legacy of Leonard Nimoy, who died on February 27, 2015, from complications arising from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Nimoy and his wife Susan were generous supporters of UCLA, and, following his death, Susan Nimoy made contributions to the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Nimoy’s daughter Julie Nimoy and her husband David Knight continued this spirit of giving by hosting the event, in partnership with Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., to raise funds for the division’s COPD research.
Nimoy’s family and friends and donors and friends of UCLA enjoyed a reception before the screening. Also in attendance were staff members of the UCLA Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, including Dr. Steven Dubinett (RES ’84), associate vice chancellor for research and chief of the division. Dr. John Belperio, associate professor of medicine in the UCLA Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Guitiara Pierpoint Endowed Chair in Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis, provided opening remarks. He shared fond memories of Nimoy and spoke about the importance of philanthropy in advancing COPD research.
The documentary celebrates Nimoy’s life and his personal journey with COPD and features UCLA’s COPD team as instrumental in his care.
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