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Texas Asthma Camp for Kids happening this week at Camp Tyler

June 24, 2013

Campers canoeing on Lake Tyler

Campers canoeing on Lake Tyler

For the 29th summer, children with severe asthma are having fun while learning more about their disease during this week’s Texas Asthma Camp for Kids, which began Sunday, June 23, and continues through noon Friday, June 28.

During the annual camp, children learn what triggers their asthma, how their medications work, and how better to manage their asthma.

“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,”  Camp Director Rhonda 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 added.

The camp is hosting about 70 children, ages 7 to 14. UT Health Northeast 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.

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.

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