Promoting Pediatric Asthma Awareness
Media Contact: Mary Colliver
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Jan. 20, 2010) − Kentucky Children’s Hospital
and Kohl's Cares for Kids will be hosting several programs in Kentucky
for caregivers of children with asthma. Kentucky Children’s Hospital
and Kohl’s have a continuing a partnership to combat pediatric asthma
and allow kids to live more normal, healthy lives. To date, Kohl’s has
donated over $760,000 to Kentucky Children’s Hospital.
Community leaders and school officials are joining the partnership to
help educate caregivers about asthma and how to help their children.
Dr. Don Hayes, assistant professor of pediatrics and internal medicine, University of Kentucky College of Medicine,
and a pediatric pulmonologist at Kentucky Children's Hospital, will
talk to caregivers and answer questions at each site – which includes
Ashland, Mt. Vernon, Morehead, Harlan, Hazard, Pikeville, Georgetown
and Cynthiana. Hayes will give each family a free Aerochamber for their
children who need it.
The Aerochamber is an inhaler spacer used with a metered-dose
inhaler that helps control delivery of asthma medication. This device
is being handed out because many times caregivers can not afford them,
and insurance does not always cover them, Hayes said.
"As a result of the financial support from Kohl’s, these programs
will be delivered in communities where asthma is a problem in our
state," said Hayes. "By delivering the program in the communities, more
people will be able to attend. These specific communities have been
targeted due to high rates of asthma.”
Each program will focus on the cause and symptoms of asthma and
other factors that may lead to poor asthma control. Hayes will also
discuss how to treat asthma. A major factor that is causing poor asthma
control in children in Kentucky is exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke,
so Hayes will discuss that as well.
"I want to thank Kohl's for the wonderful job they do in providing
community support for an important issue in Kentucky – asthma," said
Hayes, "We are only able to do this through projects that are supported
by caring organizations like Kohl's.
"It is my pleasure to come to the communities and try to assist
families living with asthma. Not only as a physician, but also as an
individual living with asthma, I can truly appreciate the support and
continue to provide excellent care to these children. Thanks to Kohl’s,
Kentucky Children’s Hospital is able to teach more children how to
manage their illness and continue a more normal and happy childhood."
For more information, contact Loralyn Cecil, Kentucky Children's Hospital, at 859-257-1106.