‘Blow the Whistle on Asthma’ walkathon set for May 13

“Blow the Whistle on Asthma,” the American Lung Association’s national walkathon, is scheduled for Saturday, May 13, at Midway Village and Museum Center, 6799 Guilford Rd.

The 5K (3 miles) walk will weave through the historic village and surrounding nature trails.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the walk start time scheduled for 10 a.m.

Many new children’s activities, a bouncy castle, and other family fun activities are additions to this year’s event. A flower will be presented to all mothers attending the spring asthma walk.

Proceeds from the asthma walks will be used to fund the American Lung Association clinical research centers, focused on identifying new treatment modalities and finding a cure.

The Asthma Adventure Camp held in July, Asthma 101, Open Airways and Asthma and Athletes are some of the programs supported by the walks held across the country. The national Lung Help Line (1-800-501-1068) is offered to the public at no charge, and is a beneficiary of the Asthma Walk.

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.

Questions about asthma or other lung diseases can be directed to the national Lung Helpline (1-800-548-8252). The service is free to the public, and also can help with smoking cessation. Second-hand smoke is a major trigger for asthma attacks.

To register for the walk, or to get your family or company involved, contact the American Lung Association at (815) 962-6412 or 1-800-788-5864, or log on to www.lungil.org to register online.

From the May 10-16, 2006, issue

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