Monday, April 7, 2014
Ninety thousand children are affected by asthma in South Carolina. Asthma is the No. 1 reason why children are hospitalized and miss school in the state. The American Lung Association (ALA) is tackling this issue one dance at a time.
Next month, the 6th Annual Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Oxygen Ball will bring together more than 400 people from Charleston and surrounding areas to raise awareness and funds for lung health in the community, including the widespread diagnoses of asthma. Lack of awareness and understanding of asthma makes the condition very dangerous, even deadly, if it is not managed properly. Camp Breathe Easy South Carolina, is just one of the ALA’s many programs which is offered for free to community members. This year, camp will be held at Burke High School on April 12. Asthmatic children and their parents or guardians will receive education on ways to better manage their asthma from health care professionals. Participants will also take part in interactive sessions with the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry, Mad Science of Charleston and Charleston Promise Neighborhood. They will leave with a better understanding about their asthma and how to manage the onset of an asthma attack, not to mention the new friendships formed with others in the community facing similar conditions.
ALA has partnered with presenting sponsor Vibra Hospital of Charleston, premier sponsor The InterTech Group Foundation, and signature sponsor The Facial Surgery Center to put on the Oxygen Ball on May 9 at the Charleston Marriott on Lockwood. The Oxygen Ball grossed more than $230,000 in 2013, and expectations are high for another record-breaking night.
Tickets for the 2014 Oxygen Ball are on sale now at www.charlestonoxygenball.org. Even for those who cannot attend on May 9, votes can still be placed on the event website. For more information about the American Lung Association in South Carolina, visit www.lungsc.org.