I was shocked to learn that nearly 1 million children in California have asthma. Did you know that asthma is the leading cause of missed school days for children?
Jill Arnstein, the executive director of the American Lung Assn. in California, was the featured speaker at the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club meeting two weeks ago to talk about lung ailments. She spoke about the effects of lung disease on children and adults in California. She really gave an excellent, but scary, analysis of the numbers of people affected by lung diseases. She also talked about the great work the association is doing in California to help cure lung diseases.
To help children battle asthma and become aware of what they can to do to ease the pain, the association has established a summer camp in San Diego County near the town of Julian. The camp is a week-long overnight experience for ages 8 to 14. The camp takes in 200 children for a week of education about their asthma, and the kids get to participate also in the fun activities of hiking, swimming, arts and crafts and archery.