Camp Catch Your Breath coming up

Submitted photo This year’s Camp Catch Your Breath, celebrating 28 years, will take place July 22-27 at WVU Jackson’s Mill in Weston. The camp offers an opportunity for children ages 8 to 13 who, because of asthma, would not otherwise be able to participate in a traditional camp experience.

WESTON — Asthma is a serious disease causing wheezing, difficulty breathing and coughing. The result can be permanent lung damage unless early intervention is sought.

One in 12 children have asthma, and 1 in 2 children with asthma has one or more attacks.

Leaders with United Hospital Center in Bridgeport and The Health Plan, together with its sponsoring hospital Ohio Valley Medical Center and supporters, are proud to provide Camp Catch Your Breath for children with asthma.

CCYB offers an opportunity for children ages 8 to 13 who, as a result of their asthma, would not otherwise be able to participate in a traditional camp experience.

Parents often are reminded daily of the vital role CCYB plays in the life of their child with severe asthma. For many of the children who attend, it is often the first time they have been away from home alone, and also their first chance to enjoy activities that are considered ordinary for other children.

This year’s camp will mark 28 years, and it will take place July 22-27 at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill in Weston. Campers will participate in typical activities such as arts and crafts, games, swimming and hikes.

However, the special nature of the camp means a focus on education for both the campers and their parents. Parents frequently tell camp officials that the knowledge gained at camp makes a difference in the quality of their children’s lives.

“The most important lesson that the kids can learn at camp is how to self-manage their asthma,” said Sonny Hoskinson, camp director and UHC pharmacist.

“Through this experience they are equipped with the knowledge needed to live the fullest life possible, despite the obstacles of asthma. At the same time CCYB campers will have all the fun of a regular summer camp,” Hoskinson continued in a news release about the camp.

Officials said they wanted to note that CCYB will launch a new registration process this year.

Parents will be able to complete the registration process completely online by visiting the website app.campdoc.com/register/ccyb. Anyone with questions about the camp or the registration process can contact Hoskinson by calling 681-342-1560.

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