Ride to remember victims of asthma

Tamra Morgan with children Holly (9) and Bailey (8) prepare for the Freeway Bike Hike.
Tamra Morgan with children Holly (9) and Bailey (8) prepare for the Freeway Bike Hike.

Willetton mother of two Tamra Morgan will ride in memory of her uncle Brian, who died from an asthma attack in his early teens.

Her son Bailey (8), daughter Holly (9) and their cousins will also join about 8000 riders to pedal for a good cause on Sunday, March 22.

Mrs Morgan said Bailey was 18-months-old when he was admitted to the emergency department after he had trouble breathing and started turning blue.

‘Bailey’s experience with asthma is traumatic at times because he is a trigger asthmatic,’ she said.

‘For example, house paint is a major trigger.

‘When he has a cold, his triggers are wind, running and sometimes even walking.

‘We have recently learnt that another notable trigger is flowering peppermint trees.’

Mrs Morgan said Bailey was doing well and was an active child who enjoyed playing football, cricket and athletics.

‘He is now old enough to explain his symptoms and responses to us and he has a better understanding of recognising and controlling his condition than he did in his younger years,’ she said.

The family is hoping the event will help raise awareness of asthma.

‘With money raised by this event, research can go on and a better understanding of how to control asthma can be gained,’ Mrs Morgan said.

‘Hopefully, even a cure may be found by this research.’

In its 11th year, all funds raised will go towards respiratory research and assisting community programs run by the Asthma Foundation WA.

So far, almost $2.7 million has been raised for asthma.

Registration is free for riders who donate more than $200.

Visit www.freewaybikehike.com.au.

For more information on asthma, visit www.asthmawa.org.au.