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Camp Wheez - Free Summer Day Camp for Kids with Asthma

 Camp Wheez is a day camp for elementary school children ages 6 to 12 with chronic asthma. Here are a few highlights from this year's camp:

  • 30 campers were provided with information and tools to manage their asthma while having great camp fun
  • 40 volunteers donated more than 800 hours
  • Junior high and high school students, including many former campers, served as camp counselors, bringing 50 years of combined Camp Wheez experience
  • Doctors updated parents on current treatment for asthma and answered many questions
  • Respiratory therapists showed real inflatable lungs, a crowd favorite!
  • Games, art, science and balloon hats for all
  • And best of all, the magic and comedy provided by Dr. Myron Liebhaber, our biggest camper

Sansum Clinic wishes to thank everyone who helps make Camp Wheez possible. Because of the volunteer support of many and the generosity of our donors Camp Wheez is provided free of charge and open to the community for 38 years!

It was another great year and we look forward to Camp Wheez 2016. Visit in April 2016 for more information about volunteering or enrollment.

Community Partners:

  • AMR Ambulance
  • Art from Scrap
  • CenCal Health
  • City of Santa Barbara
  • Cottage Health Respiratory Therapy Department
  • Dr. Charish Barry
  • Dr. Fran Malinoff
  • Dr. Anu Sharma
  • Easy Lift
  • First Baptist Church
  • Marcel Sassola, Santa Barbara Specialty Pharmacy
  • Santa Barbara Boys & Girls Club
  • Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics
  • Swanton Foundation
  • Private donors
  • Many, many community volunteers

Sansum Clinic Providers & Staff:

  • Dr. Myron Liebhaber
  • Dr. Jinny Chang
  • Dr. Saida Hamdani
  • Margaret Weiss
  • Freija Underwood
  • Yolanda Pandolfi
  • Jennie Jacobs
  • Dru Hartley
  • Annie Craton
  • Petra Beumer
  • Anais Williams

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.

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For more information about this program, please contact Dru A. Hartley, Director of Philanthropy, at (805) 681-7726 or


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