Sandi Hulst would get short of breath when working out, but it took until her adult years to realize what she had.
The Gladbrook woman found out she has exercise-induced bronchospasm and it appears it's her calling to let the country know more about EIB.
She is a finalist in a contest sponsored by a coalition of advocacy groups with the winner getting a trip to Los Angeles to meet Olympic gold medalist speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno, who also has EIB.
Sandi Hulst of Gladbrook is pictured taking part in a past color run event. Hulst is among a finalist as an EIB All-Star and lives with exercise-induced bronchospasm.
"The whole idea of the contest is to get the stories out about EIB," said Hulst, 55.
When she filled out a form online and entered the contest, she had no idea she would be a finalist. Now she wants to take it a step farther and win.
"It would be very cool to meet an Olympic athlete," Hulst said.
EIB is a narrowing of the airways during or after exercise that often makes it difficult to breathe. Hulst uses a preventative inhaler, which has worked for her treatment.
She has overcome it so much she has plans to run the 13-mile Dam to Dam race on June 1 in Des Moines.
The finalists are listed online, with the public encouraged to vote. To cast your vote for Hulst, visit www.eiballstars.com. The deadline to vote is May 10.
"I'm just happy to be in it," Hulst said. "It would be really cool to win."