United Hospital Center in Clarksburg and the American Lung Association of West Virginia, together with sponsoring hospitals and supporters, have announced the 13th annual "Camp Catch Your Breath" for children with asthma, ages 7-13.

This event will take place from August 2-6, 2004 at Jackson's Mill in Weston.

Calhoun and regional county kids are eligible to attend, according to Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center.

"Camp Catch Your Breath" provides a fun and educational experience for children who might not otherwise get to go to summer camp. Children will learn by sharing their experiences, making decisions about their conditions, and expressing their feelings about having asthma.

In addition, children will participate in games, sports, swimming, and crafts. A stay at "Camp Catch Your Breath" will give your child an increased knowledge of asthma, enhanced self-esteem, self-management skills, and a fun camping experience in a safe and healthy environment.

Campers will be supervised by respiratory therapists from the participating hospitals. Staff from the American Lung Association will also be in attendance. A physician will be present at all times and emergency medical support will be readily available.

Written permission from your child's health care provider is required. Parents or guardians must send in an official form to request a registration questionnaire and information.

To get an official form, contact Mariko Hewitt, Outreach Coordinator, Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, at 354-9244, ext. 235. The deadline for applications is July 14, and attendance is limited to 70 children. The application fee is $60 per child and a limited number of scholarships are available.