The Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation was founded in 2013 by Helen and Michael Redding, Sr. in memory of their son, Christopher D. Redding, a student athlete who died of exercise-induced asthma exacerbation in 2003. The Foundation received its 501(c) (3) tax-exempt status in November, 2014. Incorporated in Illinois, the Foundation is governed by a 9-member Board of Directors.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Christopher D. Redding Youth Asthma Foundation is to educate, advocate, and provide services for families and youth suffering from asthma, with a focus on lessening the potentially adverse health effects on asthmatic children, youth, and young adults involved in athletics. The Foundation’s vision is to ensure a level playing field for asthmatics in athletics by providing:

• asthma education to youth, families, and athletic personnel 

• asthma control devices to youth in athletic settings 

• recreational facilities for asthmatic youth 

• scholarship opportunities for asthmatic athletes 

• advocacy and education in public policy and legislative settings

The Foundation will concentrate its efforts in underserved communities in Chicago and the Chicago Metropolitan area, with a focus on high asthma-prevalent areas.