Jack gets dream trip to Magic King­dom

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Scott Morgan

Jack Du­ley is off on the trip of a life­time.

The nine-year-old was shocked to dis­cover last month he had been se­lected by Asthma New Zealand to go on an all­ex­penses-paid trip to Dis­ney­land.

“I’m very ex­cited and amazed,” he says.

The trip, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by Koru Care, will see asthma suf­ferer Jack visit the theme park and other at­trac­tions around Cal­i­for­nia for about 10 days in Oc­to­ber.

But the Mt Al­bert res­i­dent knows ex­actly what his first stop will be when he ar­rives.

“I’m go­ing on the rollerhe says.

Jack got in­volved with Asthma New Zealand af­ter he took part in a trial to see whether the new drug Lipra­nol is ef­fec­tive in treat­ing asthma.

Asthma New Zealand fundrais­ing man­ager Linda Thompson says Jack was se­lected to go on the trip be­cause he “put a great deal of ef­fort into the re­search”.

While his asthma has im­proved markedly since be­ing on the trial, Jack’s mum Lorna says they aren’t sure whether it im­proved be­cause of the Lipra­nol be­cause he might have been part of the trial group who were given a placebo.

As for his trip to the United States, Lorna is a lit­tle ner­vous about let­ting Jack go on hol­i­day by him­self, but is con­fi­dent he will have a great time.

“Af­ter 25 years of do­ing it, I’m sure he will be well looked af­ter.”

Photo: JA­SON OXENHAM

Roller­coaster ride: Asthma suf­ferer Jack Du­ley is off to the United States thanks to Asthma New Zealand.

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