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Last modified: December 18, 2014, 1:47 AM
The Asthma & Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), California Chapter, was founded for the sole purpose of sending children with severe asthma to summer camp. In 1976 Sheldon Siegel, MD, together with a group of his patients and friends, decided to sponsor an auction to raise the money to send children to camp. Over the years, as the organization grew, so too did its programs and community outreach.
Many other programs and services in addition to asthma camp are now available to help improve the quality of life for those who suffer from asthma and allergies. Some of the services AAFA provides include The Breathmobilie®, a mobile clinic which provides diagnosis, treatment and education to high risk inner city school children; the Air Power Games, a sports clinics for children with asthma; Family Asthma Camp in the Fall; educational programs for individuals and organizations, and certified pollen count information.
Today the California Chapter of AAFA continues to provide critical programs to assist thousands of children every year, both in California and in cities across the nation