MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OHIO - Those who suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease know how difficult it can be just to catch a breath. Those struggles can drain both the body and spirit.
That's why Southwest General Hospital started a unique way to help patients build their breathing endurance but also have some fun.
They reached out to local award-winning harmonica player and vocalist, Colin Dassault, band leader and front man of Cleveland's own Colin Dassault's Blues Project, to teach patients how to play the harmonica, which allows one to practice breathing skills to increase endurance and to possibly improve lung health.
Colin, who is sponsored by Hohner Harmonicas, asked the company to donate the instruments and he donated his time.
About a dozen patients took part in the project and while there is no medical measurement to determine if lung health has improved yet, the patients truly enjoyed taking part and learning something new.