BNP Paribas runs and cycles for a cure against asthmaDit is de actie van Annemieke Plantinga
BNP Paribas employees and friends participate in the Dam tot Damloop and the Dam to Dam FietsClassic on Sunday 23 September to sponsor an important project of the Dutch Lung Foundation: the research of the exact causes of asthma to be able to cure kids with the illness.
Children with asthma
Each year thousands of kids end up in hospital with bad breathing problems because of asthma. Most of these children have trouble participating in sports or other daily activities that require an optimal functioning of the lungs. Also having pets becomes nearly impossible, since in many cases asthma persists in combination with other allergic reactions. Overall asthma is restraining to a child’s day-to-day life.
Sherano (7) often has severe asthma attacks, so severe that he often ends up in the intensive care unit. He has been hospitalized more than 20 times. Sherano: 'Sometimes my lungs don’t do so well. I think that's stupid, because then I have to go to the hospital. And they have to give me an injection and that scares me.’
What are the causes of asthma?
Asthma could be caused by a bacteria or virus, yet the main cause of the illness lies in the hypersensitivity of the lungs, due to an abnormal development of the epithelium. This means that the lungs of asthma patients respond in an oversensitive manner to particles entering the lungs from the outside, causing wheezing and tightness of the chest. However, until now it remains uncertain what has changed in the first place in the lungs of kids with asthma.
Could there be a cure to prevent children from developing asthma?
Research to cure asthma Researchers from Groningen, Utrecht and Gent are looking for an answer to this question. With the newfound knowledge that the epithelium of kids with asthma differs from that of kids who do not possess the illness, they could develop a new medicine to prevent the occurrence of asthma. Watch the video (in Dutch).
Making a difference
This year the BNP Paribas team will be running 10 English miles for the Dam tot Damloop and cycling the 150 km for the Dam tot Dam FietsClassic, knowing that this is only possible because of their healthy working lungs. However, there are many children who do not get the same kind of opportunity, because of asthma. We would like to contribute to a future where children can live a normal life without an illness holding them back everyday. Therefore this research project needs your support!
Support asthma patients today and contribute to a future where healthy lungs are not just a wish, but a reality.
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