Breathe Anthony J Chapman Foundation was established in October 2019. Recognizing the need for energetic, nonprofit work in this area, we formed our organization to provide meaningful solutions to individuals and families who are most impacted by asthma.
We take our convictions and turn them into action. Our team is devoted to the task of education, support and service through sponsorship and collaborations. Asthma survivors are educated on asthma management techniques that will enable them to live happier, healthier and more productive lives. We are committed to ending the needless deaths and suffering due to asthma and related conditions.
Anthony J. Chapman
Breathe AJC Asthma Foundation was founded in honor of Anthony Jamar Chapman, devoted father, son and brother.
Diagnosed with asthma at the age of 2, various challenges arose throughout Tony's life. Frequent hospital visits were the norm throughout his toddler and adolescent years, so much so that he had a regular inpatient room at Children's Hospital, 611.
Asthma patients typically have certain triggers that precipitate an attack; a change in weather, carpet, milk, exercise and pollen were just a few of Tony's. Because of this, restrictions on accommodating nebulizers in public schools and frequent absences, approaching schooling came with lesser ease than most children at that the middle and high school age. Physical activity during that time was not ideal, however Tony learned to ice skate and competed competitively in a local hockey league.
Over the years, while manageable at times, Tony's asthma did not improve. Attacks remained frequent. However, throughout it all, Tony took every obstacle in stride and constantly reassured his loved ones that his condition would not be a deterrent from living a fruitful life. Anthony Chapman made his transition on February 27th, 2007 at the age of 23. His memory lives on through his son, family and the Breathe AJC Asthma Foundation.
Our services include community events and school activities that foster good health and awareness, and partnerships with local pharmacies to assist families with medication purchases. We also provide asthma management training by trained and certified asthma educators and Registered Nurses for students and families, via school personnel, local churches, youth and sports organizations.
Our community is full of asthma survivors, advocates, family and community members who sincerely desire to help. We work to connect the people providing services with the people who need them. We invite you to network with like-minded people in new and meaningful ways.
RN, MSN, AE-C + Founder
Laonis Quinn is the founder of Breathe: Anthony J Chapman Asthma Foundation. Since the untimely death of her eldest son in 2007 from a fatal asthma attack, her mission has been to educate and increase awareness around the effects asthma has on families and communities, to help save lives. She has been active in the community for over 15 years, serving with various organizations. Ms. Quinn is also an active member of the Detroit Asthma Steering Committee and has been a Registered Nurse for over 20 years. She earned her Bachelors of Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Masters of Science in Nursing Education from the University of Phoenix.
Carlton Tyrone Honey Jr.
Carlton Tyrone Honey Jr.’s involvement in the community is extensive. He brings a wide range of knowledge to the Anthony J. Chapman Foundation Team. Carlton is an Ordained Elder with Word Restoration Ministries, Business Leader for #BeyondHashtag Male Mentorship, and Founder of Congress of Servants (community involvement). Carlton has a Bachelor of Science in Business from University of Phoenix.
Andre J. Chapman,
Andre J. Chapman has made it his mission to educate as many people living with asthma through increasing awareness and providing tools to combat the disease. He is a graduate of Martin Luther King High School and holds an Associates Degree in (CIS) Computer Information Systems. Andre is no stranger to asthma as he is an asthma survivor, living with it since infancy.
Annie J. Taylor
Annie J. Taylor has been a business owner for over 25 years and is a successful floral designer. She has volunteered with various outreach programs such as Zurvita Ministries Feed 500, Vista Maria Social Services and GC Women's Ministry. Asthma has personally affected Annie's family for years, leading her to join the Anthony J. Chapman Foundation to better inform and educate communities. Annie is a graduate of Ecorse High School and Detroit Business Institute.
Ashley D. Reece,
MA + Treasurer
Ashley D. Reece, Youth Coordinator at Blessed Community Baptist Church, has a passion for providing educational services to the youth in both the church and community. Being directly impacted by asthma herself, and her children, she understands the importance of assisting in the education of asthma patients and how to live with it, along with providing a variety of resources. Ashley has a Masters of Arts in Education from Ashford University.
Tammie McClendon is an Adult Nurse Practitioner who specializes in HIV care at Wayne Health-Home Care Program and Tolan Park clinic. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science degree at Madonna University in Livonia, Michigan. She is credentialed with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and is a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) waived practitioner. Tammie, along with her 32-year-old son, is familiar with asthma, as they are both survivors of the disease.
RN, BSN + Secretary
With over 40 years nursing experience, Beverly Cooper RN, BSN, has been involved in community services both professionally as well as in her church. Her medical experience is diverse within various fields: Medical-Surgical, Emergency Medicine, ICU, Ambulatory and Mental Health. She earned her BSN from Oakland University and Associate Degree from Highland Park Community College.