Asthma Camp moves to Fort Collins area, provides kids with asthma unique camp experience
(May 9, 2017) -
Colorado’s only asthma management summer camp is moving to the Fort Collins area this summer, giving kids with asthma the opportunity to learn more about managing their lung disease while enjoying their favorite summer activities.
Champ Camp, sponsored by the American Lung Association in Colorado, is a week-long overnight camp for children, ages 7-14, and will be held June 25 – July 1 at the beautiful Magic Sky Ranch, 40 miles west of Fort Collins. More than 100 volunteers, including nurses, doctors, and respiratory therapists, will teach campers more about asthma and how to manage it with confidence. Camp activities include archery, hiking, and rock climbing – all incorporated with asthma and medication use education.
“I love Champ Camp because the kids get to understand that their asthma does not have to hold them back from any activity,” said Makalla Cage, a Champ Camp counselor and former camper who has asthma. “I love seeing the change in kids from when they first arrive at camp to when they leave camp knowing they can lead active lives just like other kids.”
May is Asthma Awareness Month, and asthma is a chronic lung disease that that makes breathing difficult for millions of Americans. There is no cure for asthma, but the good news is it can be managed and treated so those with asthma can live an active life.
Champ Camp is an essential tool for kids in Colorado with asthma because it provides tools and education to help them control their disease, which is not only important for their families but also schools and healthcare systems. Prior to the 2016 Champ Camp, campers filled out a survey on ways in which asthma disrupts their lives and they reported 52 emergency room visits and more than 370 combined missed schools days due to asthma. Champ Camp helps gives kids the tools to live normal, active lives.
“Camp is truly a life-changing and life-saving experience for many kids and their families,” said Bob Doyle, lung health director for the American Lung Association in Colorado. “No child is ever turned away for financial reasons because we know how important this camp is for children with asthma. We hope people will consider sending their child with asthma to camp, volunteering, and/or donating funds to support Champ Camp.”
The American Lung Association is welcoming campers, volunteers, and donations for this year’s camp. To learn more about Champ Camp volunteer opportunities, register a child to attend Champ Camp or donate money to support Champ Camp, you can go to www.ChampCampColorado.org or you can reach the American Lung Association in Colorado at 303-847-0279 or [email protected].
About the American Lung Association in Colorado
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.
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