From the Wires
Pursuing Your Dreams Despite a Lifelong Medical Condition
A Mother's Determination to Not Let Primary Immunodeficiency Stop Her Child From Achieving His Dream
By: Marketwired .
Feb. 7, 2013 05:00 AM
MISSION, KS -- (Marketwire) -- 02/07/13 -- (Family Features) When Donna Schlacht's son, Carl, was diagnosed with primary immunodeficiency (PI) at age 1, she resolved to not let Carl see his disorder as a barrier to pursuing his dreams. Today, Carl is a professional Supercross racer, and is helping to launch the I Am A ChamPIon campaign to inspire others to achieve their goals despite the challenges of living with PI.
PI is a condition that can have a dramatic impact on a person's ability to participate in daily activities due to a weakened immune system that leaves him or her susceptible to common infections and germs, and consequently, secondary complications that can be severe. And for parents of children diagnosed with PI, one of the biggest challenges can be showing their children that they can lead active lives despite having this serious medical condition.
"Carl took an interest in Supercross racing at a very young age," Donna said. "He got his first four-wheeler when he was 3 years old, and his first dirt bike when he was 6. Although it terrified me when he began doing jumps and flying through the air, I didn't want to limit him. I still continue to worry about Carl getting sick or hurt while on the road, but I would never discourage him from doing what he loves and competing in Supercross."
Besides making sure Carl had an active childhood, Donna also:
Recognize the Signs and Symptoms
To learn more about Carl, PI or to post your success story to inspire others who may be living with the condition, visit www.IamaChamPIon.com. The I am a ChamPIon campaign is sponsored by CSL Behring.
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