Arizona Storytellers: Calvin Worthen

Published: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 8:45am
Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - 9:21am
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Calvin Worthen shares a story about having a serious asthma attack in the middle of winter as a child.

KJZZ is partnering with the Arizona Republic to bring you the Arizona Storytellers project on the radio. Storytellers in Phoenix share their stories at live events in town. Some of the stories are about living here, some are not.

Calvin Worthen grew up in Chicago. He had asthma, eczema, allergies, and had accidents all the time. Because of this, going to hospitals and emergency rooms was the norm.

When Worthen was 7, his family moved from Chicago to Minneapolis.

One day in January, Worthen slipped on the ice and injured his wrist. After a visit to the ER, he came home with a cast on his wrist.

It had been a long day so he went to bed. But Worthen woke up in the middle of the night feeling like he was choking.

Calvin Worthen is a host and producer at Radio Phoenix.

The next storytelling event is Wednesday, Jan. 11.

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