The national walkathon, Blow the Whistle on Asthma, is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28 at Midway Village and 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.
Local pediatric pulmonologist David Shoberg, M.D., WREX-TV news anchor Michelle Chipalla, and Youth Ambassador Rachel Meinert chair this years opening ceremony. T-shirts, whistles, entertainment and refreshments are available that morning. 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. About 26 million Americans suffer from asthma, approximately 9 million of whom are children. Asthma is responsible for more lost school days than any other chronic disease. There has been a 55 percent increase in the death rate from asthma through the last 20 years.
National sponsors include GlaxoSmithKline Learning Institute and Toyota Prius, and local sponsorsRockford Memorial Development Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation, National City, Rockford Heating & Air, along with media sponsor WREX-TV. The asthma walk is officially endorsed by the Illinois Association of School Nurses.
To register for the walk, or to learn how to get your family or company involved, please contact Kathy Sullivan at 962-6412 or 1-800-788-5864, or log onto www.lungil.org to register online.