Camp Wheez is a day camp each year in August for elementary school children, ages 6-12 with chronic asthma, providing them with a camp experience designed for their special needs. It is free of charge and open to the community. Campers learn about their asthma while they participate in recreation and arts and crafts. Parents attend a brief workshop which provides an update on asthma care and a time to have their questions answered by an asthma specialist, followed by a play presented by the children.
Dr. Myron Liebhaber founded Camp Wheez in 1977 in collaboration with the American Lung Association. Continuing today, Dr. Liebhaber, other medical professionals, and community members volunteer their time to teach children how to manage their asthma while they get to experience good old-fashioned camp fun!
Camp Wheez 2014 will take place on August 4th - 8th
Visit this page for more details and to download an application as soon as they are available.
Summary of Camp Wheez 2013.
Camp Wheez was held during the first week of August. Forty children with asthma enjoyed a typical day camp experience filled with arts & crafts, sports & recreation and skits. While having fun they learned the strategies to manage their asthma for the best health possible. Their parents also learned in a workshop hosted by Dr. Chang and Dr. Liebhaber.
Camp Wheez is open to the community and free of charge thanks to many supporters. A big thank you goes out to the whole team who make Camp Wheez possible.
- First Baptist Church
- Santa Barbara Downtown Boys & Girls Club
- Easy Lift
- Melissa Aldecoa
- Iris Castaneda, MD
- Elizabeth Hollen – Cottage Health System
- Carla Levi & Colleagues
- Yessenia Marroquin – Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
- Suzanne Michaud – CenCal Health
- Anupama Sharma, MD – Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
- 17 local students who serve as counselors and counselors-in-training
Sansum Clinic Providers & Staff:
- Jillian Cathey
- Jinny Chang, MD
- Oscar Colunga
- Dru Hartley
- Myron Liebhaber, MD
- Elizardo Martinez
- Rachel Martinez
- Monica Perales
- Jill Searchinger
- Margaret Weiss
- Christopher Williams
- Carrie Yamate
Dr. Myron Liebhaber discusses current medical treatment for asthma, various allergies and cystic fibrosis, and describes his summer day camp for kids who learn how to deal with their breathing disorders while having fun in this video from Just Between Us! Interviews with Co-Hosts Actor/Director WILLIAM SMITHERS & Author/Teacher LORRIE HULL SMITHERS
The rapid evolution of medical treatments and technologies, and soaring costs, continue to increase the challenges to healthcare today. We rely on private support so that we may continue our commitment to the healthcare needs of our community for programs such as Camp Wheez. If you would like to support the good health of our community by making a gift to Sansum Clinic, please click on the DONATE NOW button, or download this mail in donation form, or call us at (805) 681-7726. Thank you.
For more information about this program, please contact Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy, at (805) 681-7726 or firstname.lastname@example.org