TRAGEDY: Cordell Lister passed away in February last year from asthma.
TRAGEDY: Cordell Lister passed away in February last year from asthma. Contributed

Asthma the silent killer

CHRISTINE Lister is doing everything she can to prevent another mother having to go through the same sorrow as her.

Christine's son, Cordell Lister Fisher, passed away in February last year from asthma. He was only 13 years old.

Ms Lister said she feels that she had to do everything in her power to raise awareness of this silent killer.

"Asthma can usually be controlled with effective clinical care, appropriate medications and by following a written asthma action plan, but asthma can also be fatal," she said.

"I wanted to raise money for asthma awareness so I thought if I had a fun day in Eidsvold it would not only raise money, it would put a smile on the faces of my home town."

The National Asthma Council Australia (NAC) was formed in about 1989, partly in response to the high number of asthma-related deaths at the time.

As a result of a wide range of initiatives led by the NAC and in collaboration with many other asthma stakeholders, asthma-related deaths have fallen dramatically.

Ms Lister said all money raised from the fun day in Eidsvold would be donated to the Asthma Foundation.

"This is also part of my healing process," Ms Lister said.

"I want to be able to move on after losing my dear son."

The Family Fun Day was a huge success, with hundreds of people streaming into the Eidsvold football field.

Indigenous dancers, jumping castles, live music, touch football games, stalls and raffles all raised money for the cause.

Asthma-related deaths in Australia have now dropped from a peak of 964 in 1989 to less than half that number today.


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