On May 27th as the Breathmobile was in San Pablo at Lake Elementary, Dr. Burns brought a VERY special guest aboard. Detroit Lions’ Running Back, Jahvid Best, came on-board the Breathmobile along with his family, who along with other core leaders, make up the BEST Foundation. Wow!!!
Make sure you check out the Facebook photo album of our time with Jahvid Best on our Facebook page!
Read up on Jahvid Best here.
Jahvid Best, along with his mother, Lisa Best, and his sister Laurie Best, Lesley Dorton, all of the BEST Foundation; along with President of the Prescott-Joseph Board Ralph Francis, were there today giving a tour of the Breathmobile. Today was the beginning of the partnership between Mr. Best and his foundation, the BEST Foundation, and the Northern California Breathmobile. We are so ecstatic and grateful to have the support of a notable athlete and honored to be working with the Best Family.
Dr. Marbin, our doctor for the day, Lisa (our medical assistant), Nurse Spencer, and of course Dr. Burns all had a chance to speak to Mr. Jahvid Best and his team. Jahvid Best is not only a professional athlete in the National Football League, but he also suffered from asthma as a child, and he grew up in the East Bay Area (his hometown is Vallejo, went to high-school in Richmond, and he played for Cal), and he is African American.
It makes a lot of sense why he and his family find the Breathmobile mission important and close to their heart. They understand what the parents of the Breathmobile kids go through, and they understand how important it is to have proper asthma management care, to make sure that children can achieve their athletic, academic, and personal goals.
This is why Jahvid Best and his family and the BEST Foundation were touched by the Breathmobile cause and message. Jahvid Best, like many athletes, suffered from asthma as a child, but grew out of it, and overcame it, and succeeded despite the disease.
The Best Foundation was truly impressed with the Breathmobile staff today and we are so grateful to have their support. Dr. Marbin, Lisa, Nurse Spencer, and Dr. Burns all got to speak to the Best Team about their role on the Breathmobile and its contribution to quality healthcare in the area.
We are so passionate about our work on the Breathmobile, that the Best Team were so impressed with what each staff member had to say, especially when they realized how much time the staff spends with each family, and the incredible level of care that we provide to the children. We are thrilled about the relationship we will have with the Best Foundation and are so excited to have Mr. Best’s support.
Jahvid Best’s mother was so pleased and impressed with the Breathmobile and the quality of service that we provide. She was after all a mother of an asthmatic child herself, and told us how concerned she was when Jahvid was growing up, and how she had to watch out for his triggers and constantly make sure that he was on top of his medication.
We spent several hours with Jahvid Best and his team explaining to him how the Breathmobile appointment system worked, how often we visited schools, how the asthma action plan worked, how we provide medicine and one-on-one asthma speciality care, and of course the results of our health intervention.
All in all, it was an incredible day and we are so excited for the future with the Best Family and the Best Foundation. We can’t wait to see where the Breathmobile message and name will go with Mr. Best’s help and influence!
The addition of Jahvid Best into the Breathmobile family was a wonderful way to end National Asthma Awareness Month; his support and appreciation of our mission is a blessing.