For the 30th year, children with severe asthma will have an opportunity to have fun while learning more about their disease during this summer’s Texas Asthma Camp for Kids, held from Sunday, June 22, through Friday, June 27, 2014.
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.
During the annual camp, children learn what triggers their asthma, how their medications work, and how better to manage their disease.
“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.
“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 an asthma camp,” she said.
“Since 1985, over 2,000 kids have attended our camp, making us the oldest and one of the largest asthma camps in Texas,” Scoby added.
Held at Camp Tyler on Lake Tyler, four miles east of Whitehouse, the camp hosts about 80 children, ages 7 to 14. They learn the skills necessary to manage their asthma while at the same time realizing that they can run, swim, and have fun – just like kids at traditional camps.
A non-refundable fee of $25 is required to register for the camp. The cost per camper for the weeklong camp is a total of $250, which includes the registration fee. UT Health Northeast conducts the camp, and the Texas Chest Foundation underwrites it. Financial assistance to attend camp is available through the foundation.
Campers are monitored closely at all times. UT Health 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, who serve as camp counselors.
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. 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 UT Health Northeast at (903) 877-7075 or visit the camp’s website at www.texasasthmacamp.com.
For more than 60 years, UT Health Northeast has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UT Health Northeast’s annual operating budget of $138.8 million represents a major economic impact of over $347 million for the Northeast Texas region. Since 2002, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research have been awarded more than $120 million in research dollars. As the academic health science center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education programs – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond. UT Health Northeast is also the program sponsor of the residency program in internal medicine at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview.