Texas Asthma Camp for Kids still accepting applications for fun-filled session from June 12 to 17, 2011

Thursday, May 12, 2011

It’s not too late to apply for this summer’s week-long Texas Asthma Camp for Kids, held from Sunday, June 12, through Friday, June 17, 2011.

Children with acute asthma will have an opportunity to have fun while learning more about their disease. They learn what triggers asthma and how to better manage it.

Children whose asthma is severe enough to prevent them from attending a regular summer camp will have priority in registration, Camp Director Rhonda Scoby said.

“We rely on physicians and school nurses to help us identify the kids with severe asthma, 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.

“Research shows that children who attend asthma camp miss fewer school days and have fewer emergency room visits and hospitalizations during the following year than children who don’t go to asthma camp,” she said.

Now in its 27th 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 underwrites it.

Held at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler, four miles east of Whitehouse, the camp is the oldest camp for children with asthma in Texas. Since 1985, about 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. In addition, the camp provides 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, a child must have been diagnosed with asthma by a physician and must be currently under a physician’s care. 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 more than 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2010, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 75 competitive grants and contracts totaling more than $14 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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