The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch

Sunday, February 15, 2015

     Hi dearies! I was invited to the launch of The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 two weeks ago. I'm totally clueless about this campaign and at the same time interested on the topics that will be discussed during the event. As a mom, I only want the best for my son and my family. It's heart-breaking to see a member of the family sick and the complains of pain can be nerve cracking.

     I thank God that we don't have asthma patient in our family and I also pray to God that he may guide those mothers who are so afraid and nervous every time their child will have asthma attacks or if God permits heal their Asthma totally! Anyhoo, Asthma like any other sickness can strike to anyone. Do you know what Kim Chiu, Arnel Pineda and Michael Christian Martinez have in common? They all have Asthma yet have accomplished so much in their respective fields. If you're like them and you have proved something in your life why don't you join The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015. Click CONTINUE READING to know more about the search.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
     Do you know of a friend, loved one or relative who are winning against asthma as well? Do you want them recognized as winners against asthma just like Kim, Arnel and Christian? The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 aims to choose and recognize 10 young asthmatic achievers from different walks of life.

     The program is a nationwide search for young asthmatic achievers aged 30 years and younger who are outstanding in their respective fields despite having asthma and inspire asthma sufferers that they, too, can win against asthma.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
     Asthma is a public health issue. It is estimated that asthma affects around 235 million people worldwide with 250,000 annual worldwide deaths recorded. Another 100 million people are projected to suffer from the disease by 2025. Asthma can be a serious condition but it can be controlled. Access to doctors and treatment has been shown to significantly decrease asthma deaths and hospitalizations. People with asthma can lead normal and active lives. They can even excel.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
Arnel Pineda 
     Arnel Pineda became the on of the featured ambassadors for the first wave of the campaign. The vocalist of the band Journey shared his experiences as an asthmatic patients and how he deals with it during the attacks. But with a healthy lifestyle, he was able to manage his Asthma. He sings as if he is not an asthmatic patient. Like him, more asthma patients become aware that they can win against asthma that's why Arnel and the campaign aims to strengthen its pool of ambassadors to continuously inspire more patients to take control of their asthma.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
Michael Christian Martinez via phone patch
     The advocacy likewise introduces Olympic figure skater Michael Christian Martinez as the new face of the campaign. Martinez, an asthmatic, began experiencing asthmatic bronchitis when he was just two months old.

      He recalls being in the hospital frequently and says the cold rink actually helped improve his health. “Year after year my health keeps improving, so my mother fully supported me to continue skating saying it's better to spend the money on skating than in the hospital.”

     Because Michael Martinez was not able to grace the event, he answered all the questions via phone patch. He shared some of his experiences against Asthma when he was still young. He is currently training and preparing for his next competition this year.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
Kim Chiu sharing her asthma attack experiences.
    Kim Chiu also shared one of her dreadful experience during the event. She recalls that there was an incident where no one is around to give her inhaler and during that time the asthma attack is getting worse that she had a difficulty breathing. Even the people around her became so nervous and don't know what to do. One even gave her a "white flower" a menthol ointment used for nausea and dizziness. 

     This and other stories of her attacks made her realize that awareness and proper medication is the best way to manage asthma and eventually conquering it. After sharing stories, the media and bloggers asked questions to the doctors and the team behind this search.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
Kim Chiu and the team behind the search
     The Search for Winners Against Asthma will run from February until May 2015 and will be touring different schools and drugstore outlets to spread the advocacy and invite more people to join the campaign.

     The deadline for submission of entries is on March 31, 2015. All entries will be screened during the first week of April. As we celebrate World Asthma Day on May 5, the top 20 finalists will be announced and will be immediately followed by online voting. The top 10 Winners Against Asthma will be announced and awarded by the 3rd week of May 2015.
The Search for Winners Against Asthma 2015 Launch
     This advocacy campaign is supported by the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP), Philippine Academy of Family Physicians (PAFP), Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI), Huawei and Folded & Hung. 

     Thank you so much GSK and First Tier for having me. I learned a lot from this event and I hope this will be an eye opener to all the parents who have asthmatic children, loved ones, relatives and friends. The condition can be manage with the help of the doctors and proper medication plus lifestyle modification.

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