Texas Asthma Camp for Kids offers one weeklong session from June 15-20, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

This summer, Texas Asthma Camp for Kids will hold just one weeklong session, from Sunday, June 15, through Friday, June 20, 2008.

The camp will focus on admitting children whose asthma is severe enough to prevent them from attending a regular summer camp, Camp Director Rhonda Scoby said.

The annual camp offers children with acute asthma 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.

“We need physicians and school nurses to help us identify the sickest kids, those who will benefit the most from attending asthma camp. We want kids whose experience at Texas Asthma Camp will make a real and positive difference in their lives,” Scoby said.

The camp, which began in 1985, will host about 75 children, ages 7 to 14, during the one-week session.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler conducts the camp, and the Texas Chest Foundation supports it.

It is held at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler, four miles east of Whitehouse, and is the oldest and largest camp in Texas for children with asthma.

Campers are monitored closely at all times.The Health Science Center provides medical support with a 24-hour, specially equipped clinic staffed by on-site physicians and nurses.

In addition, the camp will provide valuable training opportunities for respiratory therapist students from Tyler Junior College and Angelina College in Lufkin, who serve as camp counselors.

A fee of $15 is required to register for the camp. The cost per camper for the weeklong camp is $150, which includes the registration fee.

Financial assistance to attend camp is available through the Texas Chest Foundation. To be eligible for the camp, the child must have been diagnosed with asthma by a physician.

A brochure with camp information and a registration form is available. The camp is limited to the first 75 children who register for it.

For information, to receive a brochure, or to register your child, call the Health Science Center at (903) 877-7075 or visit the camp’s Web site at www.texasasthmacamp.com.

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