McClymonds Supply And Transit Driver Raises Awareness About COPD

Steve Pollock
June 2024

Driving his 2024 Peterbilt COPD Awareness Truck has special meaning for Professional Truck Driver Tom Manges, aka “Rocky”.  Rocky’s wife Renee has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (commonly referred to as COPD),  which is a  group of lung diseases that block airflow and make it difficult to breathe. Renee is currently on the waiting list for a double lung transplant, which is expected to happen anytime now.  Rocky has been very busy hauling frac sand for McClymonds Supply and Transit in anticipation of taking some extended time off to help his wife recuperate.

When Rocky was given the choice of colors for his new Peterbilt, he chose purple and asked owner Mark McClymonds if he would customize the truck for COPD Awareness.  Mark gave his approval and Rocky now drives a rolling billboard for COPD Awareness.

Rocky has worked at McClymonds for over 2 years.  He said, “I am thankful for all of Mark’s help, and I am especially thankful for the great insurance plan we have here at McClymonds. 

"We are grateful for people like Tom who are raising awareness about COPD,” said Jean Wright, M.D., MBA, CEO of the COPD Foundation. “With over 16 million Americans living with COPD and millions more undiagnosed, highlighting the prevalence of this chronic condition is crucial. In fact, one in eight people over the age of 45 has COPD, and many just don’t know it yet. By driving with the COPD ribbon in honor of his wife, Tom not only honors her journey but also brings much-needed awareness to the importance of early detection, management, and support for those living with COPD."

To learn more about the COPD Foundation, visit them online at or contact them at 1-866-731-COPD (2673) 

Best wishes to Rocky and Renee on her upcoming surgery.