Just Breathe to raise money for asthma research

Brooke Elizabeth Elswick of Seymour lived with severe asthma her entire life.

On Dec. 16, 2016, she lost her battle with the condition after having an asthma attack.

Passionate about asthma research and awareness, Elswick had the words “Just breathe” tattooed on her arm.

After her death, her friends and family came together to raise money for the American Lung Association and participated in the Lung Force Walk in Elswick’s memory.

This year’s Just Breathe memorial fundraiser and celebration of Elswick’s life will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Harmony Park, 753 W. Second St., next to The Brooklyn Pizza Co., in Seymour. Admission is $5.

Live music will be provided by Clint Robinson, Justin Clark, Lom Win and Maria.

All money made from donations and admission will go to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, which provides education and support to patients and families living with asthma and allergies.

Last year, organizers had a goal of raising $2,000 and brought in just more than $2,700. They hope to bring in even more this year.

The event is family-friendly, and there will be no smoking allowed inside the gates. Coolers are not allowed, but food and drinks can be purchased from Brooklyn Pizza and The Seymour Brewing Co. 

If you are unable to attend the event but would like to donate, visit aafa.org/page/make-a-donation.aspx.