Meet Wailea! Wailea is an outgoing teenager with an ambitious spirit. When she grows up, Wailea strives to become an exotic pet vet – how cool! This 14-year-old lives with severe persistent asthma that influences many aspects of her day-to-day life.
Due to the severity of her asthma, Wailea is unable to play the sport of her dreams, basketball. Although advancements in the medications used to manage her condition have shown promise, strenuous physical activity still creates a burden on her lungs. This challenge has a negative impact on her mental health and leads to extreme frustration when she is unable to accomplish her goals.
Despite Wailea being unable able to take the court, she loves to watch and cheer on all of the local Carolina teams with her dad! They share a love for the game, and she credits all her basketball knowledge to him.
Wailea will be living out her ACC Basketball dream at the Women’s Tournament in Greensboro NC!