Children with Asthma ‘Take a Breather’ at Children's Hospital at Strong's Asthma Fun Fair

October 15, 1998

As part of its comprehensive program to diagnose and manage asthma in children, Children’s Hospital at Strong will hold an Asthma Fun Fair to raise awareness of the condition and educate attendees about how it can be successfully managed. (For example, getting a flu shot is important for patients with asthma because the flu is a respiratory illness and patients with asthma tend to develop more severe cases.)

The Fun Fair will be on Saturday, October 17, 1998 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. in the Ambulatory Care Facility on the 6th floor at Strong Memorial Hospital. Refreshments for the fair will be provided by Salvatore's Pizza on Scottsville Road and Friendly's on East Henrietta Road. For more information, please call 275-2821.

Asthma is the most common chronic illness of childhood. Of the estimated 14 million individuals with asthma in the United states, 4.8 million are children. Although the medical community's understanding of asthma has improved and lead to more effective treatment, there continue to be increases in hospitalizations and deaths related to asthma. People under 18 years of age tend to be most prone to asthma, and it is the leading cause of school absenteeism and significantly disrupts the lives of the affected children and their families. Worldwide healthcare cost associated with asthma amount to more than $3 billion annually; in the US alone, these health care costs in 1990 were estimated to be $712 million.

Critical support from promotions such as this provide much needed funds that enable Children’s Hospital at Strong and the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities to treat young patients with virtually every diagnosis – including the most complex and life-threatening. Children’s Hospital offers the highest quality medical expertise, state-of-the-art technology and support services in a caring environment for children with devastating illnesses and disabilities and their families.

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