Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA)

AANMA’s 25th Anniversary ~ Helping Others Breathe Easier

for 25 Years and Counting!

November 13, 2010

Twenty-five years is a lifetime for many, but it’s only a blink of an eye for others. In 1985, AOL, Oprah, Nintendo and AANMA debuted – and well, we’re all still here. Mind you, this was before home computers and cell phones outnumbered televisions and radio, before iTunes and webinars, e-mail and blogging.    

In 1985 AANMA Founder and President Nancy Sander was a mom desperate for answers about how to take care of her daughter, Brooke, whose asthma symptoms made her a regular in emergency rooms and on the pediatric floor at Inova Fairfax Hospital. They enrolled Brooke in a clinical trial at Georgetown University Hospital – and their lives were forever changed. (Click here to read “Labor of Love,” Nancy’s story of founding AANMA.) Parents welcomed AANMA’s family-friendly information as well as its message of hope – back then there was so much about asthma that even the doctors didn’t understand.

It’s a different picture today. We have the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma – a vital document for healthcare providers, and a great reference tool for people with asthma and their families. We know more about what causes asthma and how to control symptoms.

AANMA fought for and won to ensure that all 50 states have laws protecting students’ rights to carry and self-administer their asthma medications at school – legislation that saves lives. (Today there are still four states that need legislation protecting students’ rights to carry and self-administer their lifesaving anaphylaxis medications: New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Wisconsin. Help us change that!)

And yet – 10 people a day are dying of asthma.

As far as we’ve come, we must do better. What will we say about asthma and allergy care 25 years from now? A lot of that answer depends on you and AANMA working together to chart a new course. Let’s do it! Donate to support AANMA’s education, advocacy and outreach efforts today!

“Labor of Love”: Nancy’s story of founding AANMA

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Ask Dr. White: Looking Back on 25 Years