Out of devastation can come new hope and new bonds

Sometimes you meet people and you know right away that good things and strong friendships are right around the corner. this week we met Craig and Stacy, the founders of Breathe for Cameron who set up the charity after their son Cameron died of a severe asthma attack. Our paths crossed at a recent 2020 champions meeting and we couldn’t be happier to now consider them our friends.

bellow is their story.


Cameron was born on the 04th September 2004 a happy healthy little boy. At 2 weeks old he developed his first of many chest infections. After many trips to doctors he was given his first inhalers at age 8 months. He was not officially diagnosed with Asthma until he was 2. At this point we were referred to a consultant and had regular check-ups every 3 months to manage his Asthma and ensure he was getting the appropriate treatment.
At aged 3 he had his first Asthma attack which resulted in an overnight stay on the children’s ward. Cameron never let his Asthma stand in his way and after reassurance from his doctor Cameron joined a football team aged 6 which he absolutely loved. Cameron was very well educated with his Asthma and knew his limits on and off the pitch, he would always tell us if he was struggling to breathe and never complained if he could not play. His asthma was very well managed with his Seretide inhaler (preventer) and Ventolin inhaler (reliever) and his tablets (singular) He very rarely had attacks.

On 26.11.14 it was a standard Wednesday night football training session and there was nothing to suggest anything sinister was about to happen. Cameron was fit and well with no signs of a cold or any wheezing, he went off to join his team mates for the session and I waved him off and waited with the other mums inside. 20 minutes into the session Cameron was brought back in struggling to breathe. I asked how many times he had taken his pump and he had only had it 4 times (advice given is 10 pumps) I gave him his inhaler 6 more times while an ambulance was called. Unfortunately whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive Cameron lost consciousness very quickly and CPR had to be performed. He was in cardiac arrest for 15 minutes in total and although was brought back it was not enough.

We were transferred to Leeds General PICU where Cameron stayed for 4 days. He was in a medically induced coma to allow his brain to recover. Unfortunately after 2 days he started to deteriorate and a scan revealed extensive brain damage… my beautiful boy was not going to recover. We were then faced with the worst decision for any parent and that was to let him go. He was not going to get better. As heart-breaking as it was it was the only thing we could do. On the 30.11.14 I laid with my beautiful boy one last time and said my goodbyes. This is Cameron’s story and one that I want to share to make people aware just how under estimated Asthma can be. In 15 short minutes my beautiful boy was taken away and there was no warning what so ever that it was coming. Asthma is not just a little blue pump that makes things all better and I hope by people reading Cameron’s story they will become more aware of Asthma and the devastation it can bring.

This wonderful charity works tirelessly to provide improved asthma awareness and provision for schools, young people and the community as a whole, Craig and Stacie’s never ending enthusiasm and passion shine from them like a beacon of hope and a promise of a safer and brighter future for people with asthma.

Hull homeless and Breathe will be working together on an exciting new project very soon…