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'Sharing Miracles' Television Program to Feature Super Bowl-Winning Running Back Jerome Bettis
Date:12/3/2008

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the football season reaches its climax, Sharing Miracles, a 30-minute public affairs television program that tells the compelling and inspirational stories of real patients, will feature Super Bowl-winning running back and likely Hall-of-Famer Jerome Bettis. Sharing Miracles now airs on more than 200 television stations across the United States.

Bettis -- known in the sports world as "The Bus" -- was 14 years old when he was first diagnosed with asthma. In this month's episode, he says: "Initially I thought that with asthma, I couldn't be involved in any sports or other activities. Thankfully, my mother encouraged me, instead of discouraged me, to play. She said, 'As long as you take your medicine, the doctor told me that you will be fine.' But, as I got older, I had to take serious steps to control my asthma."

Jerome Bettis had a stellar career - first, during four years at the University of Notre Dame, and then a 12-year career in the National Football League with the St. Louis Rams and the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, despite his NFL success, the disease that he calls his "toughest linebacker" still managed to knock him down occasionally.

In 1997, while playing with the Steelers, he had a severe asthma attack during a nationally televised game. "Up until I had that asthma attack, I always felt that asthma was a situation that I would deal with it as needed," he says. However, that frightening incident altered his view of the disease: "I realized that I was in a life-threatening situation, and I needed to do everything I could do, in my power, to understand what I was dealing with and what I was stricken with. At that point, my life changed."

For the rest of his career, he says, he made a stronger effort to "manage and monitor myself to make sure that I was in the right condition in order to be able to p
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