Camp Easy Breathers a breath of fresh air

CORPUS CHRISTI – Asthmatic children will learn how to manage their asthma at the 17th annual Camp Easy Breathers at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport. Sponsored by Driscoll Children’s Hospital, the camp runs June 11-15.

“Hurricane Harvey Didn’t Beat Us; Neither Will Asthma” is the theme of the camp this year.

“We considered a theme that would help us deliver the message that asthma symptoms can be well controlled,” said Shelly Bigelow, camp director and respiratory therapist at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. The theme is something our community can relate to. It also reinforces the fact that people with asthma don’t have to suffer with their symptoms. With proper education and management, asthma symptoms can be improved.”

While there is no cure for asthma, Camp Easy Breathers emphasizes to children with the disease they can live a healthy, active life. The physical and social activities they’ll experience will be fun and also increase their understanding of asthma, Bigelow said.

The camp utilizes interactive teaching methods such as open dialogue, various media, activities and game-play. All will reinforce key lessons to the children such as:

  • Understanding asthma and how it affects them;
  • Recognizing and avoiding asthma attack triggers;
  • Recognizing warning signs to improve asthma management;
  • Knowing how and when to take medicine;
  • Staying healthy and staying in school.

Activities at the camp will include swimming, archery, arts and crafts, outdoor games, sports and an awards show.

“Camp Easy Breathers is a great opportunity for children to make new friends, become more independent and take on real challenges in a safe environment,” Bigelow said.

Asthma is a chronic disease in which the airways in the lungs become swollen, clogged and overly sensitive to changes in the environment. During an attack, the muscles that surround the airways tighten and the inner lining of the airways swells and pushes inward.

Asthma costs the United States more than $10 billion a year in direct and indirect medical expenses. Timely diagnosis, appropriate treatment, partnership with a healthcare professional and reduction of exposure to environmental factors are some of the things that help children living with asthma.

  • What: 17th annual Camp Easy Breathers for asthmatic children ages 7-14
  • When: June 11-15
  • Where: Camp Aranzazu, 5420 Loop 1781, Rockport