Walter Schmidt's Bike Ride for Asthma

Hi Everyone!

From August 17-24th of this year, I will be riding about 500 miles from Manchester, CT to Washington, DC in support of the Children's Health Fund’s Childhood Asthma Initiative.  En route, I will be visiting the Children's Health Fund facilities in New York City and Washington, DC.  I am seeking the support of all of you to aid an amazing cause that helps provide medically underserved children a chance at normal, asthma-controlled lives!

I am, and have been, an asthmatic for my entire life.  Through the years, one thing has become extremely clear.  I am lucky to have grown up in a loving family with sufficient means to cover thousands of dollars of asthma-related costs over the course of my childhood.  Without proper treatment, there is no way I would be able to live the life I do today, including an Olympic distance triathlon finish, and two ultra marathon finishes in 2012.  When I heard about the Children’s Health Fund’s Childhood Asthma Initiative, I decided I wanted to do something, not only to aid an amazing organization with wonderful people, but allow others affected by asthma to potentially experience a life more free of asthma symptoms, knowing that asthma is no longer a barrier to their dreams!

About Asthma

Asthma is an incurable, chronic disease affecting over 6 million children in the United States.  Asthma causes inflammation of the cells of the lung airways, making them produce too much mucus and become more sensitive to irritation.  When disturbed, the muscles around the airways constrict, narrowing the passage through which air flows into the lungs.  Although asthma cannot be cured, it can be kept under control.  With the proper medications, regular doctor visits and environmental changes, children with asthma can live normal, happy lives.

About Children's Health Fund's Childhood Asthma Initiative

Children's Health Fund's Childhood Asthma Initiative has been implemented in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Memphis; Newark; and New Orleans and soon to be launched in Detroit later this year.  This initiative increases access to quality health care services, medications and education, improving the management of chronic asthma for thousands of vulnerable children and families, regardless of their ability to pay.

Thanks for your support, and for helping kids in need and their families breathe easier!

- Walter