Do you know that asthma speaks? Everyone that has asthma has a story–one that touches everyone in their lives and impacts our whole society. According to the American Lung Association, in 2011 it was estimated that 25.9 million Americans had asthma; including 7.1 million children. Of those children, 4.1 million had an asthma attack that year. Inside the general asthma population of the U.S., asthma occurs at a disproportionately higher rate among some ethnic populations. In particular, African American children, according to a 2008 survey of children 6 to 12 in Chicago elementary schools, are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with asthma (21.2%).