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Asthma Camp Receives $10,000 Donation February 4, 2009

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Local Bi-Lo stores donate $10,000 to University’s Asthma Camp


(From left) BI-LO District Manager Rodney Thigpen, Norma Newell, RRT, Pam Robertson, RRT, Yolanda Robinson, RN, Sheila Kamath, RN, Cardiac & Pulmonary Rehab Clinical Coordinator, Rusty Streetman, Regional Vice President of the Eastern Region for BI-LO and Kathleen Bailie, UHCF Development Officer.

February 6, 2009 (AUGUSTA, GA) – Augusta area Bi-Lo stores donated $10,000 to University Hospital’s Whispering Wind Academy, a yearly camp for children with asthma.

The donation was made possible by money raised from the 25th Annual Bi-Lo Charity Classic golf tournament, which raised a record-breaking $5.6 million in 2008 to fund the numerous charities that Bi-Lo supports.

CSRA Bi-Lo managers presented a $10,000 check to the University Health Care Foundation on Dec. 11 to help fund Whispering Wind Academy, which helps asthmatic children ages 8-14 to learn how to better manage their asthma themselves. Equally as important, children learn that they are not alone in battling asthma -- the leading chronic illness among children.

While most children with asthma have mild to moderate problems, for others it can be life threatening, causing emergency hospital visits and multiple hospitalizations. In Georgia, more than 75,000 children suffer from asthma, and it accounts for 25 percent of school absenteeism.

This is what makes programs like Whispering Wind Academy so important for area children. The camp promotes self-management through education by qualified staff as well as through peer support.



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