Back to Gallery
A total outdoor person, Jupi loves running cross country, hiking, climbing, and playing baseball. But he wasn’t always so athletic. Extensive exercise used to be hard for him, because he had breathing difficulties from age 3 on. At first he felt burdened by his inhaler, but as he grew older, fighting through lung health challenges only made him stronger. He successfully ran a 10 mile race and hiked the second highest peak in Yosemite. Both Jupi’s respiratory problems and his mom’s breast cancer were caused by environmental factors, so he got involved with Breathe California’s Youth Advisory Board to make a difference.