|Shammara Norris, co-founder of Positive Breathing|
ABC Television Soap Opera Star Marc Anthony Samuel of General Hospital to Record Public Service Announcement To Raise Awareness and Funds
Positive Breathing, a community health organization focused on addressing the needs of asthma patients, has launched a fundraising campaign to secure $25,000 needed to transform a charter bus into a mobile clinic to bring services directly to children with asthma. Actor Marc Anthony Samuel of ABC television’s General Hospital has joined the campaign and will star in a series of public service announcements.
Founded in 2011 by Daydrick and Shammara Norris, Positive Breathing serves the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolis by helping children, families, and caregivers learn about and manage asthma. Through partnerships, the organization offers free testing and supplies for people in the community.
“Asthma occurs at a disproportionally higher rate among some ethnic groups, especially African-Americans,” said Shammara Norris. “African-American children in some areas are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with asthma. We are pleased President Obama recently signed the new EpiPen Law that will protect children with asthma and severe allergies.”
According to the American Lung Association, more than 25.9 million Americans have asthma including 7.1 million children. Of those children, more than 4.1 million had an asthma attack within the year.
Daydrick Norris, a registered nurse and caseworker, was a medic serving ambulances, emergency rooms, and fire departments for 12 years. Shammara Norris was a respiratory therapist specializing in adult care, who changed her focused to children in 2007.
One of their biggest concerns is asthma medication containing heavy amounts of steroids. When given constantly to children, these drugs can lead to weight gain and increase the risk of diabetes. Positive Breathing hopes the mobile clinic will help monitor these health issues and others.
“The mobile clinic will provide free treatment and screening for asthmatics, asthma education and management and follow up care,” said Shammara Norris. “We’ve served about 550 students this year. Once we become mobile, we’ll be able to serve more.”
Positive Breathing Organization recently purchased a charter bus and announced a capital campaign to raise $25,000 to transform it into a mobile clinic.
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