You too can help make a difference for the children of Baltimore! The University of Maryland Hospital for Children Breathmobile, a mobile asthma clinic, is helping to control the asthma epidemic in Baltimore, where as many as 1 out of every 5 school children can be affected with this potentially life threatening lung disease (more than twice the national average).
Children with asthma are 3 times more likely to miss school than children without asthma. Hospitalization and emergency room visits for Baltimore children are 2-3 times the national average. The Breathmobile is addressing this asthma problem by providing free preventive specialty asthma care to children right at their neighborhood school.
Please join our list of donors below to help battle asthma and keep children in school learning. Thank you for your support!
Mary Beth Bollinger
Breathmobile Medical Director
In operation since the spring of 2002, the University of Maryland Hospital for Children’s Breathmobile is a mobile allergy clinic that visits schools in Baltimore providing services to children with asthma. Onboard the Breathmobile, you’ll find an asthma team that includes a pediatric allergist or pulmonologist, a pediatric nurse practitioner, a registered nurse and a driver. For additional information, please visit www.umm.edu/breathmobile.
As of March 2005, the Breathmobile has provided ongoing preventive asthma care to more than 800 children. Data collected suggests the Breathmobile is responsible for a significant improvement in the children who are involved in the program, including a decreased number of lost school days, an increased use of preventive asthma medications and decreased number of emergency visits for asthma. Clearly this program is making a positive impact and improving the quality of life for children with asthma. It is also helping to tackle the asthma epidemic in Baltimore.
Each year the full budget of the Breathmobile must be raised through philanthropic gifts. You can become a supporter of this vitally needed program by making a donation to the Breathmobile. Gifts of all sizes are welcome. Listed below are some examples of how your dollars might be used.
|$20||Buys a spacer, a medical device to help a child with asthma use medicine correctly|
|$30||Buys allergy control covers to help a child with asthma avoid exposure to dust mites|
|$50||Buys filters to perform lung function testing on 20 children with asthma|
|$200||Will support a new patient visit, including lung testing and allergy testing|
|$800||Provides specialty asthma care for one child with asthma for an entire year|
|$1,500||Will support visits to one public school for a month|
|$18,500||Will support visits to one school for an entire year|
If your name is missing or incorrect, please call 410-328-7718.
To make a tax-deductible donation to the Breathmobile:
Are you a Chapter S Business? If so, you may qualify for a tax credit if you make a donation of $500 or more to the Breathmobile. Contact Paula Minsk at the UMMS Foundation office 410-328-5770 for more information. To learn more about UMMS Foundation, visit www.ummsfoundation.org.