For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Karina Rusk 831-759-1843

What: Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp
When: Monday, July 24 through Friday, July 28th
Who: Open to Children 6-12 years old with Asthma
Where: Lincoln Elementary School 705 California Street, Salinas
Information: (831) 757-3627 Fee: $55 covers 5 days/scholarships available

Children living with asthma have the unique opportunity to learn how to better manage their condition while experiencing a summer camp environment with other children and adults who understand the impact of asthma. The Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp, which is celebrating its 32nd year, offers children with mild to severe asthma a chance to enjoy outdoor activities in a safe and supervised environment. Registration is open now for the weeklong camp, set for July 24-28.

The week is full of outdoor adventures such as hiking, swimming, softball and even yoga. The immersive camp is as educational as it is fun. Campers learn about their condition, such as what triggers their asthma, the importance of the medications they take and how asthma affects their bodies.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this camp for children with asthma,” says Steven Prager, MD, camp medical director. “Our camp empowers children with asthma, giving them a unique experience and profoundly affecting them for the rest of their lives.”

The physical activities all take place under the supervision of trained staff, including physicians and clinical volunteers from Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

At the start of camp, all participants get a T-shirt, water bottle, fanny pack and valuable workbook outlining a week of activities, tools to remember and a place to track their success. On the final day, there is a camp Olympics, family lunch and graduation.

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System and Children’s Miracle Network sponsor the Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp. The weeklong camp is held at Lincoln Elementary School from July 24-28, 9 am to 3 pm for children ages 6 to 12 with mild to severe asthma.

This year, the Mark Velcoff, MD Asthma Camp continues a new tradition which includes an overnight camp experience. The cost is $55 per child and scholarships are available. More information is available online at To register or for more information call 831-757-3627.