Asthma is no joke, but a Lindsay Brenneman a 13 year-old from Dover Intermediate High School, whose parents happen to be tenants at one of our locations, designed an award winning inhaler that displayed creativity and fun. The winning inhaler was in the shape of a bunny.
“You take the cap off the bunny’s belly and stick the medicine inside where the cap goes. Then you put your mouth on the mouthpiece that is shaped like a carrot. You push the bunny’s tail in and suck in the medicine,” Lindsay explains. Lindsay said she chose the bunny design to show kids that they don’t have to be afraid of asthma.
Lindsay’s design was featured in the Allergy and Asthma Today publication. She was excited to attend an awards banquet in Washington DC where she got to meet Charles Theil, the co-inventor of the first metered-dose inhaler from 1956.
Here are some facts about Asthma:
It’s a disease that affects your lungs. It is one of the most common long-term diseases of children. Asthma can be very scary to have and sometimes causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.
In most cases, the causes of asthma are unknown and unfortunately there is no cure. If you have a family member that has asthma, you are also more likely to have it.
Asthma can be controlled by knowing the warning signs of an attack, staying away from things that trigger an attack, and following the advice of your doctor or other medical professional. Great job Lindsay, we are so proud! Thanks for your help making asthma a little easier and lighter to deal with for children.