Texas Asthma Camp for Kids offers one weeklong session from June 14-19, 2009

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

This summer, Texas Asthma Camp for Kids will be held from Sunday, June 14, through Friday, June 19, 2009.

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 rely on 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.

Now in its 25th year, the camp will host about 80 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.

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

Since 1985, almost 3,000 children have learned the skills necessary to manage their asthma while at the same time realizing that they could run, swim, and have fun – just like kids at traditional camps.

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.

n 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 $165, plus the registration fee, for a total of $180.

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.

Eighty campers will be chosen from those registered based on disease severity and previous attendance at the camp.

For information 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.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatments, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. With an operating budget of more than $125 million and biomedical research funding that exceeds $12 million annually, UTHSCT has a major economic impact on East Texas. Its two medical residency programs – in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities in East Texas and beyond.

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