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One of the hardest things we do at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) is to talk with families who have lost loved ones to asthma, like Keisha. Our hearts break for them. We grieve along with them.

Asthma is one of the most common diseases in the United States, yet many people don’t know how serious it is. On average, 11 people die each day from asthma. Most deaths from asthma can be prevented if people have access to quality care and effective treatments.

Keisha’s story reminds us of why the work AAFA does is so important.

Tragically, Keisha’s life was suddenly cut short when she was only 34 years old due to a severe asthma attack. Black women are more likely to die of asthma than any other group. AAFA is committed to providing asthma management education and advocating for treatments, programs, and policies that can reduce asthma deaths and hospital stays for everyone, especially high-risk groups.

Keisha is remembered for her shining spirit and heart for service. She actively volunteered in her community and church and excelled in her work at the Federal Aviation Administration. Keisha’s mother, Carla, is honoring Keisha’s commitment to serving others by working with us to raise awareness about asthma and the health disparities faced by Black and Hispanic communities so another person doesn’t lose a life to asthma.

Carla, asthma advocate, with her daughter, Keisha, who died from asthma at age 34

Carla with her daughter, Keisha

We all know someone with asthma – a family member, a friend, a coworker, or a neighbor. Will you join in our work to save lives and reduce the burden of asthma and allergies?


Your generous support makes it possible for us to provide life-saving and life-changing programs for the more than 60 million people living with asthma and allergies in the United States. We work tirelessly to provide community support, advocate for policies that protect people with asthma and allergies, and advance patient-centered research. We also run programs aimed at improving health outcomes and reducing health disparities, such as our Health Equity Advancement and Leadership (HEAL) and Community Health Interventions to Advance Self-Management of Asthma (CHI-ASMA) programs.

Thank you for your support.


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  • Carla, asthma advocate, with her daughter, Keisha, who died from asthma at age 34: Carla, asthma advocate, with her daughter, Keisha, who died from asthma at age 34

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