My name is Nora Levin, and I’ve been struggling with asthma from a very young age. Asthma is a disease that inflames a person’s airways, constricting them, and making it difficult or impossible to breathe. Asthma is a chronic illness and it is not yet curable, but in most cases, including mine, it's easily treatable. As long as I carry around my inhaler, I can use it when I feel an asthma attack coming on, and the symptoms wear off within a few minutes. During the rare times when my asthma gets too severe for my inhaler to work, I have a nebulizer, which delivers albuterol in higher doses to help me breathe better. I also take a maintenance medication twice a day, which helps me manage my symptoms with more predictability. But, just because most asthma cases are easily treatable does not mean they are affordably treatable.
In 2015 in the United States alone, there were 3,615 deaths caused by asthma, of which 219 were children under the age of 18. Most of these people were either never diagnosed with the chronic illness, or they could not afford the proper medications to treat their conditions. The thought of this disturbs me because, when I’ve had my inhaler with me, I’ve never thought of my asthma as much more than an inconvenience. It limits my physical activity, and I've been hospitalized for it on a few occasions, but It’s never gotten to the point of being life-threatening because I have it under control with medication. Of course, I’m not the one paying for my medication, my parents are, so I didn’t realize until recently how expensive it is. This is why I’d like to donate money to help people with asthma. The money I raise for my Mitzvah project will go to a fund that helps raise awareness of asthma and its dangers, gives people proper diagnoses, and helps them afford the life-saving medications that they need to manage this tough but relatively common condition.
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|Dahna Freidus||08/16/2018||$360.00||Nora, it was our great pleasure to be included in your Bat Mitzvah celebration. We are also very happy to support this very important cause that impacts you and others like you every single day. Sorry it took us so long to make the donation. It is clear that you took your studies seriously and that the occasion of your Bat Mitzvah meant so much to you and your family. Your D'var Torah was beautiful and on point! We appreciated everything that you said. But most importantly, it was our honor and pleasure to witness your joy and to appreciate the beautiful young woman that you are becoming. We are sorry the girls couldn't make it and we hope to see you and your family again soon! It was an absolute pleasure! Lots of Love, Dahna, Harris, Jenna, Sabrina and of course Lucky and Shayna!||Blair Jacobson||05/28/2018||$360.00||Nora, Congrats on your Bat Mitzvah! What a great cause you have selected. Love, The London Jacobsons||Carolyn R Horst||05/23/2018||$100.00||So proud of the wise choice of Foundations, thank you, my darling Nora❤️||Nicole Moss||05/23/2018||$50.00||Richard Wing||05/21/2018||$54.00||What a fine cause, glad to help!||Amanda Levin||05/20/2018||$150.00||Pamela Tricca||05/18/2018||$90.00||Best of luck Nora -- I hope this event is the beginning of a new era in your life. It's always good to remember that every day you can start fresh and begin again. I think it's great your raising awareness! I picked this amount for the 5 x lucky 18 "chai" -- one for each Tricca!||Suzanne and Peter Drucker||05/18/2018||$50.00||Mazel Tov, Nora! What a wonderful mitzvah project and so meaningful both to you and to others in your family with allergies.||Donna Wing||05/14/2018||$54.00||Warmest wishes Nora and a wonderful and generous undertaking for the Asthma & Allergy Foundation. You make us all very proud!||Sunny Park Suh||05/11/2018||$50.00||Congratulations Nora! So proud of you! The Suhs||Bob & Wendy Weis||05/10/2018||$50.00||Dear Nora, Great cause, happy to donate. Best of luck. Love, Bob and Wendy||Dara Cohen||05/10/2018||$50.00||How encouraging and inspirational to know our world will be in hands like yours, Mazel Tov Nora!||Bonnie Abramowitz||05/10/2018||$36.00||Thank you for bringing awareness to us. Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah!||Pam & Alan Ruthazer||05/10/2018||$30.00||Jason Cianchette||05/09/2018||$50.00||Good luck reaching your goal!||Christine and Ira Sharkey||05/09/2018||$100.00||Dear Nora! We are happy to make this donation in your name. Congratulations on your Bat Mitzvah! Love, Christine and Ira||Lori Moussapour||05/09/2018||$36.00||Your efforts and timing are fantastic! It's Food Allergy Awareness Month and there is talk of possible shortages of epipens this year. How timely your call for awareness and education is, Nora! My little one also doesn't leave home without hers! Great job!||Ben Drucker||05/09/2018||$36.00||From a fellow allergy sufferer, mazel tov!||Deb Carr||05/08/2018||$20.00||What a worthy cause you've chosen, Nora! Best of luck in your fundraising efforts. ~ Mrs. Carr||Anonymous Friend||05/07/2018||$20.00||Hope you reach your goal on your project.||Michael Bernstein||05/07/2018||$50.00||Nora, sorry this couldn't be more but I hope this helps you towards your goal. Hope to see you soon! Love Uncle Bernie, Veronica, Lucas, Jacob and Bekah xoxoxo||Eleni Mariola||05/07/2018||$50.00||What a thoughtful, moving, and informative introduction! Congratulations on your Bat Mitzvah Nora. The Haralampopoulos Family||Margot & Joe McGinley||05/07/2018||$50.00||Suzanne Wing||05/07/2018||$48.00||Benetta Barnett||05/07/2018||$25.00||Hello Miss Nora, good project. Many hugs from your old Larchmont neighbor.||Spyros & Lilly Svoronos||05/07/2018||$100.00||Nora, this is a good cause. Good luck in achieving your goal.||Marnie Dean||05/07/2018||$50.00||Your message resonated with me Nora, I was diagnosed with asthma as an adult, and I'm still learning how to manage it properly. Glad to help support this important cause.||Michael Burgmaier||05/07/2018||$20.00||Jenn Helgesen||05/07/2018||$25.00||What a worthwhile cause! Good luck reaching your goal.||Juliette Mound||05/07/2018||$48.00||Nora, with your spirit for adventure and can-do attitude, you are also a role model for others with asthma. With love always, Juliette||Donald Levin||05/07/2018||$50.00||Nora, what a wonderful service you're doing. Hope you pass your goal. Love, Hugs||Susan and Howard Levine||05/07/2018||$18.00||Good luck Wishing you the best||Keith Weinbaum||05/07/2018||$50.00||Mazel Tov on your Bat Mitzvah Nora! You are doing a wonderful project for such a great casuse. I'm very proud of you. Love, Keith Weinbaum||Dana, Lance and Evan Schiff||05/06/2018||$118.00||We support your cause and we support you, Nora! Wishing you the best of luck meeting your goal and many congrats on raising awareness for such an important cause. xo||Jared Levin||05/06/2018||$50.00||Nora, Great introductory message -- I am so proud of you. Great idea for a charity. Love, Jared||Lenore Paddock||05/06/2018||$50.00||I'm also a mother of an asthma sufferer. Luckily it's been treatable, we could afford excellent medications, and, to a degree, some children outgrow it. Brava, for your efforts, Nora. Love, Lenore||Ed Trissel||05/06/2018||$108.00||Nora, Best of luck with our mitzvah project. Love, The Trissels (Ed, Aimee, Sam and Maddie)||Jared Levin||05/06/2018||$18.00||This is an additional test donation because a few people said their donation was not going through.||Andy Raab||05/06/2018||$118.00||Good luck Nora!!! Love, Andy and Timmy||Susan Flaherty||05/06/2018||$20.00||What a wonderful cause to support for your project. Congratulations on your Bat Mitzvah!||Amy Haile||05/06/2018||$25.00||Great idea, Nora! There are so many factors that can lead to asthma. Congratulations on your Bat Mitzvah!||Jen Levin||05/03/2018||$20.00||As a mother of a child with asthma, I know how scary unmanaged asthma symptoms can be. Good luck Nora!|