After reading John Lundy’s article for the Duluth News Tribune entitled “Health Notes: Asthma Doesn’t Keep Kids Out of Sports,” I was very pleased. I can still remember the basketball games, football games, and soccer matches that my cousin had to sit on the sidelines for, like it was yesterday, just because he suffered from asthma. Maybe, it was because I came from a small, small town, and the big cities could have been different, but you were treated differently if you had asthma in my town, and you certainly weren’t allowed to play any type of sports, something my cousin had wanted to do from a very young age.
I remember sitting on the sidelines with him, seeing the yearning in his eyes because he thought of his condition as a plague, always felt that he wasn’t as “good” as everyone else. Could his life have been different if our coaches and the players themselves had thought the way that coaches and students do in Minnesota today? I wholeheartedly believe that it could have been, don’t you?
The days when children suffer by being “different” just because of asthma seem to be falling by the wayside, join us in the fight against asthma so that every child can succeed and live the life that they long to live.