Camp Breathe Easy partners with others to fight against asthma

  • Monday, May 13, 2013

Camp Breathe Easy, a free asthma education event for children ages 7‐14 and their parents, will be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in the Rhett Building at Burke High School in downtown Charleston. PHOTO PROVIDED

The American Lung Association in South Carolina has partnered with the Yaschik

Foundation, First Choice by Select Health of South Carolina and other sponsors to present Camp Breathe Easy, a free asthma education event for children ages 7‐14 and their parents, to be held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in the Rhett Building at Burke High School in downtown Charleston. Camp Breathe Easy aims to improve the physical condition, psychological outlook and self‐management skills of children with

asthma, as well as educate parents, children and the community about asthma and how to deal with it.

This fun‐filled camp offers informative sessions, environmental health hazard demonstrations, advice from a nutritionist, games and educational performances by Mad Science of Charleston. Parents can participate in a question‐and‐answer session led by asthma specialists and are urged to attend an Asthma 101 program where they will receive valuable resource materials.

The American Lung Association will provide complimentary peak flow meters and inhaler spacers to all participants. Everyone will receive a healthy lunch and take part in drawings for giveaways that include Wal‐Mart gift cards. Early‐registrants will also receive a T‐shirt.

“Camp Breathe Easy’s fun and relaxed atmosphere is socially‐conducive for learning and building selfesteem because everyone is dealing with similar issues,” said Rebecca Downs, area manager and Camp Breathe Easy Director, American Lung Association in South Carolina. “With the support of our caring sponsors, we’re able to offer this event at no charge to all participants.”

The Henry and Sylvia Yaschik Foundation, a Charleston‐based nonprofit, has been the primary supporter of Camp Breathe Easy since 2011. “The Yaschik Foundation is delighted to work with community partners to provide Camp Breathe Easy to children with asthma and their families,” said Paul Lynch, Yaschik Foundation trustee.

Select Health, the state’s oldest and largest Medicaid managed care organization, is also a sponsor and actively recruiting First Choice plan members who will benefit from attending this event. “Camp Breathe Easy will help families develop effective asthma control and management skills,” said Dr. Greg Barabell, medical director at Select Health and a pediatrician with extensive experience treating asthma. “First Choice is proud to support this important initiative because breathing easy starts with education and a comprehensive asthma action plan.”

The American Lung Association’s Lung HelpLine (1‐800‐LUNG‐USA) will make follow up calls to parents three, six, and 12 months after the event to determine how the camp impacted the child’s health and wellbeing. This help line is staffed with registered nurses and respiratory therapists, and parents are encouraged to ask these specialists any questions they have about their child’s asthma.

Event supporters also include The Low Country Mustang Club, whose annual car show raises funding for this camp each year, Exchange Club of Charleston, the Coastal Community Foundation’s Nancy Needle Mendelson Best Friend Endowment and Saul Alexander Foundation, all of which have been longtime supporters.

For more information, call Camp Breathe Easy at 843-556‐8451 or visit www.CampBreatheEasySC.org.


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