Andy Bost

Why do I Walk?

Asthma Sucks...yes that is my team, and yes it does. It can suck the life right out of you. I have had asthma my entire life and that is all I know. It restricted me from doing many things that I wanted to do as a child. I couldn't have a pet. I couldn't sleep over at certain friends' houses because the house would make me sick. I couldn't go to regular camp like my friends. I took sometimes 7 to 8 medications everyday just to keep me healthy. I would have teachers ridicule me because I coughed too much in class. Some kids would not be my friend because of the illness. It seemed that I would no sooner get over an episode and the next one would start.

I was hospitalized several times growing up and I almost didn't make it once. Families should not have to go through what my family has gone through and I want to make a difference. I got educated and have worked hard to lead a "normal life". My asthma has held me back some, but by being educated and taking my meds like I was told to, I still played sports all through school. I played basketball, soccer, and even ran cross country. I've had to work hard at being "normal". I'm in college now and in good control, but I know that asthma can sneak up and strike again at anytime (and it does), so I stay on my meds. I've raised almost $ 4,000 over the past two years. Asthma Sucks will continue to be a team and I will continue to Walk. I want other kids to have a better chance at a normal life than I did. That is why I walk.