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Walk Boosted Asthma Awareness

Published August 28, 2009 8:38 AM by Jimmy Thacker

It's an exciting time for me. The "Walkin' for Wheezers" project I launched in May netted $1,580. People gave much more than expected, and I enjoyed some "celebrity status" for being the nut job doing the walking. As I have spoken to groups across the county since, the one thing I can count on is that someone will mention the 90-mile walk that apparently accomplished the mission of boosting asthma awareness. Even other counties that surround our little hospital are calling and asking me if I could visit them and do some asthma education. 

What's even more exciting is getting to hand out the spacers. I will deliver 249 spacers to asthmatic kids in Lafayette County schools by mid-September.

Respiratory therapists are some of the most warm, giving, passionate people I have ever met. Whether it's your own twist on celebrating the upcoming Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 25-31), next year's World Asthma Day (May 6, 2010), or joining someone else and supporting their project, find something.

It never hurts to do something you wouldn't normally do. It's opened a lot of doors for me. I get to talk to people I may not have ever spoken with about asthma. Everyone wants to meet the kook who walked. I say, whatever works! Visit the websites of GINA and AARC and see what's going on. Use those amazing minds to come up with your own ideas. If all else fails, I'll be doing something unique and crazy soon! Join me.

--Jim Thacker, CRT, AE-C 

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