Youths enjoy Texas Asthma Camp for Kids at Camp Tyler

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

About 140 children with asthma are enjoying summer this week and next at Camp Tyler, courtesy of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler and the Texas Chest Foundation. The youths come from all over East Texas and throughout the state.

Each summer the Texas Asthma Camp for Kids offers campers an opportunity to have fun while learning more about their disease, how it affects them, and how their asthma medications work. They also learn what triggers asthma and how to better manage it.

The camp, the oldest and largest asthma camp in Texas, is hosting children ages 7 to 14 during the two weeklong sessions. Sixty-nine children are attending the first week of camp, and 72 children have signed up for the second week.

The first session began Sunday and ends Friday, June 16. The second session begins Sunday, June 18, and ends Friday, June 23. Campers participate in swimming, canoeing, fishing, crafts, archery, basketball, riflery, and other fun activities.

The Health Center conducts the camp, and it is supported by the Texas Chest Foundation. It is held at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler, four miles east of Whitehouse. Cost per camper for each session is $150. Financial assistance to attend camp is available through the Texas Chest Foundation for children with moderate to severe asthma.

Campers are monitored closely at all times. UTHSCT provides medical support with a 24-hour, specially equipped clinic staffed by on-site physicians and nurses. Many of the camp counselors are students in the health professions.

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