The national walkathon Blow the Whistle on Asthma is scheduled for Saturday, May 14, at Midway Village & Museum Center, 6799 Guilford Rd. The 5K (3-mile) walk will weave through the historic village and surrounding nature trails. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with the walk start time scheduled for 10 a.m. This is the date the national Association was incorporated in 1904, and a birthday celebration will include cake and pulmonary function testing for the public.
Local pediatric pulmonologist David Shoberg, M.D., and WREX morning show anchor Michell Chipalla will serve as honorary chairmen of the walk. T-shirts, whistles, entertainment and refreshments are all available on site. Special fund-raising prizes will be awarded for teams or individuals wanting to achieve various funding goals.
Proceeds from the Asthma Walks will be used to fund the ALAs clinical research centers, CampSuperkids for severely asthmatic children, and Asthma 101, a school-based asthma management program.
It is estimated that 26 million Americans suffer from asthma. Of those 26 million, approximately 9 million are children. Asthma is responsible for more lost school days than any other chronic disease. Even more frightening is the 55 percent increase in the death rate from asthma over the last 20 years.
To register for the walk or to learn how to get your family or company involved, contact the local American Lung Association at (815) 962-6412 or 1-800-788-5864, or log onto www.lungil.org to register online.
From the April 27-May 3, 2005, issue