Contact the TMC Foundation to obtain more information about camp.
Come experience a unique weeklong adventure designed specially for those children who suffer from asthma.
Novant Health Thomasville Medical Center Foundation hosts the annual Willie Wheezer Asthma Summer Day Camp for children age 7 to age 12. The camp provides an environment
for campers to experience outdoor adventure and to grow physically and mentally
while increasing their ability to manage asthma. The camp is held at Camp Keyauwee
in Sophia, NC. Campers begin and conclude the day camp at Thomasville Medical Center.
The Cardiopulmonary Department of Thomasville Medical Center provides medical expertise
and serves as counselors for the Willie Wheezer asthma summer camp at Camp Keyauwee.
Mike Crabb, Registered Respiratory Therapist, says "the American Lung Association
reports that 6.2 million children under the age of 18 suffer from asthma. In addition,
asthma accounted for an estimated 14 million lost school days in children and is
the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15. Our
goal is to provide the children a camp that will be a time of recreation and education
in hopes of reducing lost school days or hospital admissions for the attendees by
helping them better manage their asthma."
Campers can experience these activities:
- Arts and crafts
- Canoeing and paddle boats
- Asthma management counseling.