Having asthma doesn't mean sports are out of the question.
That was the message the American Lung Assn. of Kansas wanted to get across to children at "The Race Against Asthma" program Saturday at Free State High School.
"They don't have to stop; they don't have to not do these things," said Sue Henke, who is in charge of public information for the association. "Just know what to do."
Children and adults learned about monitoring their breathing, what can trigger attacks, and what to do when an attack strikes. JaNelle Wright, a high school track champion from Topeka, talked about her experiences with asthma.
"She's been treated for asthma since she was 2 years old," Henke said. "She has learned to take care of the asthma and still be a state champion."
More than 20 people attended the event. Children learned about their asthma, while the adults got a more in-depth view of the disease.
"Showing them and teaching them what they need to know about their asthma helps them manage it," Henke said.