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Every year as summer's heat, humidity and pollens begin to near, parents of kids who have asthma start thinking about ways for their children to have fun while keeping safe and breathing well.
The American Lung Association of the Midland States has just the answer for children with asthma who live in Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee.
Registrations are now being taken for Camp Superkids, a regional overnight summer camp just for kids who have asthma.
This special medically-staffed camp will be July 21-26 at the Center for Courageous Kids, located in Scottsville, southeast of Bowling Green.
At Camp Superkids, campers can enjoy all the fun and benefits of a regular camp as they learn more about their asthma and how to control it. The camp is for boys and girls, age 7 through 13, who have moderate to severe asthma. It is staffed round-the-clock by doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists.
Dr. Tim Feger, a Kentucky asthma and allergy specialist who volunteers at the camp, says the program helps blow away the old stereotype that kids with asthma should avoid physical activity.
"Taking control of your asthma is the key to leading a full, active life," Feger said. "At camp, these kids have the time of their lives while they learn important asthma management skills."
As they learn more about their asthma, kids who attend Camp Superkids also enjoy a healthy dose of traditional summer camp fun. Activities include hiking, swimming, field games, archery, rock wall climbing and horseback riding. And, of course, what visit to camp would be complete without arts and crafts.
Camp Superkids is an American Lung Association program. This year's program is offered at no cost to parents through the sponsorship of Kosair Children's Hospital, Premier Home Medical and the Center for Courageous Kids. The Center for Courageous Kids is a modern, state-of-the-art camping facility designed to serve kids who have medical needs.
Camp director Jennifer Hollifield says parents could typically expect to pay at least $500 per child for a weeklong overnight camp.
"We're so pleased to be able to offer this camp free because we want to reach as many kids with asthma as we can," Hollifield said.
She says anyone interested in donating to the camp or sponsoring a child can contact the Lung Association.
To sign up, or for more information, call (800) 586-4872 or visit www.kylung.org. Those who pre-register will receive a set of forms to complete, including one to be filled out by the camper's doctor.