Network joins family and friends of Carmen Pasion Dagulo to host Lungs for Life | News, Sports, Jobs
LAHAINA — Abcde Shibao Rosa, a Lahaina resident, is a program assistant for the Maui County Department of Housing and Human Affairs Senior Retiree and Volunteer Program, owner of the online business Our Little Stiles, and asthmatic. Rosa’s story about her battle with asthma, which she wants to share with the community, is one that many others may be experiencing.
Also, after hearing about the unfortunate passing of Maui resident Carmen Pasion Dagulo from an unexpected fatal asthma attack, Rosa wanted to reach out to those who also suffer from asthma and allergies in the community. .
Carmen’s sister, Lalaine Pasion, spearheaded the upcoming Lungs for Life event and program to raise awareness of the importance of immediate treatment for asthma in children and adults. Also, Pasion, Rosa and everyone involved want to make sure no one on Maui has the same heartbreaking experience and outcome as Carmen.
Rosa will also be a participating provider in the inaugural Maui Asthma Awareness and Fitness Lungs for Life event to be held Sunday, September 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Level Up Maui at 343 Hanamau St. in Kahului.
Level Up Maui owners Jackie Pappas and Martin Cox said: “We are hosting this event because our mission is to educate and empower our local Maui community about health. The aim is to increase asthma and allergy awareness and also have an impact.
Overall, the main objective of the event is to improve the health and well-being of the public. All participants hope that the opportunity will improve quality of life and achieve equitable and optimal health outcomes for adults and children living with these chronic conditions, especially those in underserved communities.
The program includes asthma and allergy information and fitness classes for all ages, and many local vendors, like Rosa, will be offering related products. The shared proceeds will benefit the Allergy & Asthma Network, the nation’s leading nonprofit organization that supports awareness, education, advocacy and research for patients with asthma, allergies and similar conditions. Rosa explained, “More than 110,000 Hawaiians live with asthma and about a third of them are children. Knowing the necessity and immediacy of asthma and related conditions made me want to help educate others. Treatments designed to help control asthma symptoms can lead to a fuller life with better breathing and improved lung function. Many experts say that monitoring your health triggers and using your inhaler daily can prevent serious asthma attacks.
“My own problem started when I was doing athletics in high school. I noticed that I had trouble breathing throughout the daily workouts, and when I told the coach and others about it, I was told that it was not a problem and that I would be fine. However, when I finally went to the doctor about it, I was diagnosed with asthma and my inhaler became my best friend. Now that I am aware of the seriousness of the problem, I want to participate in educating the community and informing them of all the treatments and supports available. People with asthma don’t have to suffer daily from life-and-death symptoms.
The Allergy & Asthma Network is partnering with Carmen’s family and friends to organize the event. They unite and advocate on behalf of 60 million Americans with asthma, allergies and related conditions.
Their patient-centric network unites individuals, families, caregivers, healthcare professionals, industry partners and government decision makers to improve health and quality of life. The network specializes in providing medically accurate information that is understandable to everyone, while promoting evidence-based standards of care.
Pasion noted: “After losing my sister Carmen to a fatal asthma attack, I knew I had to contact the Allergy & Asthma Network to find out how to educate the community about this generally overlooked issue. They work with national and local partners to train healthcare professionals and organize events and screenings that directly reach people in their own communities. With them, I hope to raise awareness and educate the community through easy to understand and medically reviewed resources. Additionally, I hope to advocate at the state level to improve access to care and affordable medicines. We want to ensure that the voice of patients is heard in drug research and development.
“Ironically, the Lungs for Life event coincides with the recent passage by the Hawaii State Senate of a bill (SB 2822 SD1 HD1 Asthma) that mandates the Department of Education to provide education on asthma to students. The legislation would also develop and provide asthma training to teachers and other Department of Education employees who interact with students. The companion bill in the Hawaii House of Representatives (HB 1799) is currently in committee.
Anyone, regardless of age, family history, race, gender, or general health, can develop asthma and allergies. Researchers believe that many genetic and environmental factors play a role, particularly during the first years of life when the immune system is developing. However, severe asthma and allergies can start at any age.
An asthma attack occurs when an asthma trigger causes the lungs to become inflamed and swollen. The muscles around the breathing tubes tighten or contract, and more mucus than usual is produced. All of these factors make the breathing tubes narrower and make it harder for air to get in and out of the lungs.
During a recent feature on Adult Asthma Awareness on KITV 4 News, Dr. Barry Lachman explained, “Asthma is a very controllable disease if you follow recommendations and take your medications – and take them seriously. A significant number of people do not overcome their asthma. The earlier you start having asthma problems, the more they are likely to persist.
Pedro Haro, executive director of the American Lung Association, said, “Asthma continues to be a pressing issue for Hawaii. According to the Hawaii Department of Health’s Asthma Tracker, nearly 9% of all adults and 8% of all children in Hawaii currently live with asthma. Asthma rates in Native Hawaiian communities are even higher.
“Asthma is also the number one cause of absenteeism at school and many parents have to rush their children to the emergency room due to asthma attacks. It is essential to let people know that asthma is an important problem.
Passion concluded, “Many asthma and allergy sufferers don’t know that there are self-care tools to manage their symptoms between doctor visits and to connect with a circle of support. It is this kind of information that we hope to share on September 25th. The event, open to the public, is a tribute to Carmen and other Maui residents, whose tragic asthma attack could have been avoided if the proper treatment had been known and administered. The American Lung Association offers information to the community to help manage asthma in children and adults. Resources can be found online at https:/lung.org.asthma, or call 1-800-LUNG-USA to speak with a lung health expert.
To learn more about the Allergy & Asthma Network, visit AllergyAsthmaNetwork.org.